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Euro 2020 to be delayed
Tournament now scheduled for June 2021
- UEFA has postponed Euro 2020 until June 2021. From the UEFA website:
"UEFA today announced the postponement of its flagship national team competition, UEFA EURO 2020, due to be played in June and July this year. The health of all those involved in the game is the priority, as well as to avoid placing any unnecessary pressure on national public services involved in staging matches. The move will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold due to the COVID-19 emergency, to be completed."
At this point we're not sure when the next England game will be played. The next scheduled matches are against Austria on 2nd June and Romania on 7th June but they will probably be postponed as well, if the FA want to conclude the domestic season. It might just be September before we see England play again. I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
- Posted: 17th March 2020 2:28pm
Italy and Denmark matches cancelled
All football in the UK suspended until 3rd April
- Statement from the FA:
"The FA, Premier League, EFL, Barclays FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until Friday 3 April at the earliest.
This action, which will be kept under constant review, has been taken due to the increasing numbers of clubs taking steps to isolate their players and staff because of the COVID-19 virus.
It will also apply to all England team fixtures at every level and all FA competitions including the Emirates FA Cup and the Women's FA Cup, along with academy and youth-team matches."
- Posted: 14th March 2020 2:34am
Nations League Draw 2020/21
England in Group A2 with Belgium, Denmark and Iceland
- England were drawn alongside Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in the 2020/21 UEFA Nation's League draw on Wednesday. England will travel to Iceland and Denmark in September before hosting Belgium and Denmark in October. The final round of games in November will see the Three Lions travel to world ranked number one team Belgium before hosting Iceland. All home games are expected to be at Wembley but the FA has not finalised the venues.
The winner of Group A2 will advance with the three other group winners to the finals in June 2021. The bottom placed team will be relegated to league B for the 2021/22 season.
- Posted: 4th March 2020 3:04am
England v Montenegro & Kosovo preview
England's 1,000th game
- England face Montenegro in their 1,000th match on Thursday knowing that a single point is all that's required to qualify directly for Euro 2020; a tournament that will see six games played at Wembley Stadium including the final. England need only a point, and even if they were to lose at Wembley, they would get over the line as long as Czech Republic v Kosovo is not a draw.
Montenegro lost 5-1 to England in Podgorica in March and have yet to win in Group A having lost four and drawn three (twice against bottom team Bulgaria and against Kosovo). England have scored 26 goals so far in qualifying compared to Montenegro's three.
On Sunday, England will play their last qualifying game, in Pristina against Kosovo, and if they have not managed qualification by this point they will do so should they not lose by two or more goals. England won 5-3 at Wembley in September. Both Kosovo and England have the backup of an assured playoff spot whichever fails to make it directly.
A qualified England, as one of the designated hosts for Euro 2020 already know they will be Group D of the final tournament with all their group games being played at Wembley Stadium. They will also be joined by Scotland, if they prevail via the playoffs, otherwise it will be the team which wins playoff path C (at the time of writing this is between Scotland, Norway, Serbia and one of Bulgaria, Israel or Romania).
England also, are currently one of the top six seeds - and two wins in their final two qualifying games will cement that - which means that they will not be drawn against any other top seeds - and as a host they cannot be grouped with other hosts; coupled together the possible teams England could play in the group stage are very narrow indeed. More on that in the next update...
- Posted: 11th November 2019 10:00am
England v Czechia & Bulgaria preview
England on the road in Prague and Sofia
- England will arrive in Prague on Wednesday knowing that they will be one of the first teams to qualify for Euro 2020 if they beat Czech Republic on Friday. England are currently three points ahead of the Czechs and a win will put them out of reach at the top of qualifying group A. Even a draw will be sufficient if they also beat Bulgaria in Sofia the following Monday. The previous home matches against Czechia and Bulgaria ended 5-0 and 4-0 respectively.
England already know that they will be in group D of Euro 2020 along with Scotland - if both teams qualify - but it will be important to maintain their current level to be certain of being seeded in the final draw and avoid another big team in the group stage. England have already scored 19 goals in qualifying, the most by any side and in one fewer match as the next best team.
Czech Republic are currently ranked 44th and Bulgaria 62nd.
- Posted: 7th October 2019 10:32am
Euro 2020 Qual Group A