Newcastle United stars discover 2020 European Championships Finals Groups as draw has been held
The finals of the 2020 European Championships are looking a little bit clearer.
The seemingly never ending qualification process is still four months away from ending.
However, the draw for the finals groups has taken place on Saturday.
There are six groups with four countries in each, with the identity of the fourth country in four of the groups set to be decided in March 2020, when the play-offs take place.
The top two in each group go through, plus four of the third placed teams, into a last 16 knockout.
England have been drawn in Group D with Croatia, Czech Republic and one of Scotland, Israel, Norway, Serbia (after play-offs).
It has been widely accepted that finishing second is probably better for England.
They would then probably face Poland or Sweden, instead of if they win their group, it being likely France, Germany or Portugal.
As for Newcastle’s internationals, Fabian Schar and Switzerland find themselves in a weakish looking group with Italy, Turkey and Wales.
Whilst if they get through the play-offs, either Ciaran Clark (Republic of Ireland) or Martin Dubravka (Slovakia) would/could play against Emil Krafth and Sweden, as well as Spain and Poland.
Jetro Willems did his chances of earning another chance with Holland no harm on Saturday, scoring against Man City and putting in an excellent display. The Dutch face Ukraine, Austria and one of the countries from the play-offs.
The groups drawn on Saturday for the finals:
Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, (One of Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia or Kosovo after play-offs)
England, Croatia, Czech Republic, (One of Scotland, Israel, Norway, Serbia after play-offs)
Spain, Poland, Sweden, (One of Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland after play-offs)
Germany, France, Portugal, (One of Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Belarus, North Macedonia or Kosovo after play-offs)
The 2020 European Championships Finals take place from 12 June 2020 to 12 July 2020 in various countries, England playing their three group games at Wembley.
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