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The Nations League beckons once more for Wales supervisor Rob Web page, England boss Gareth Southgate, Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke and Northern Eire boss Michael O’Neill

England have been drawn in opposition to the Republic of Eire, Finland and Greece of their League B group for the lads’s 2024-25 Nations League.

Scotland, who characteristic within the high League A teams, will face Croatia, Poland and Portugal.

Wales have been positioned in the identical League B group as Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey.

Northern Eire are to play Belarus, Bulgaria and Luxembourg of their League C group.

Leagues A, B and C every have 4 teams of 4 groups, whereas League D has two teams of three groups.

England, who dropped all the way down to League B after ending backside of Group A3 within the earlier version of the Nations League, final performed the Republic of Eire in a aggressive recreation in 1991 after they drew 1-1 in a Euro 92 qualifier.

A pleasant at Lansdowne Highway in 1995 needed to be deserted due to main crowd hassle, whereas the latest assembly between the 2 sides was a pleasant in 2020 which England received 3-0.

“There’s some groups we’ve not performed for some time, there’s going to be some troublesome video games for us,” mentioned England supervisor Gareth Southgate.

“I believe everyone in England will assume it was an enormous disappointment to drop all the way down to League B however you continue to have troublesome video games.

“Clearly, our goal will probably be we’ve to attempt to win the group to get again up into League A.”

Will Southgate be in cost for Nations League video games?

Southgate will lead England at Euro 2024 in Germany this summer time and says his future might depend upon his facet’s efficiency on the event earlier than the Nations League begins in September.

“There is a truthful likelihood half the coaches will not be right here after the Euros. That is worldwide soccer,” mentioned 53-year-old, whose contract runs till December.

“You have to see how the summer time goes. It is so simple as that. I do know what we’re able to reaching in the summertime, I do know what my very own benchmark of success could be, after that I am probably not serious about the rest.

“We have to ship a efficiency and you have to make the very best selections for everyone. I will not be able to make that call earlier than the event.”

It is a robust one – Scotland boss Clarke

Scotland received Group B1 final time to earn promotion to League A for the primary time.

“It is a robust one,” mentioned Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke about his facet’s group.

“We anticipated troublesome opponents. That is what we have got however that is what we wished.

“I am at all times an excellent believer that if you wish to enhance you need to play in opposition to the very best groups. We have good opponents and I look ahead to the matches.”

Wales had been within the high tier final time however completed backside of Group A4 with one level from six video games.

They performed Turkey in November when the 2 groups drew 1-1 in a Euro 2024 qualifying group recreation.

Turkey completed high of the group, whereas Wales had been third and can face Finland within the play-off semi-finals in March as they attempt to qualify for that event in Germany.

“It is a constructive group, we’re fairly happy with it,” mentioned Wales supervisor Rob Web page of his group’s Nations League draw.

“We find out about Turkey after enjoying them not too long ago. Almost about the opposite groups we must do a bit extra digging.

“We’re fairly assured.”

The Republic of Eire have remained in League B for the reason that competitors began up and Northern Eire are in League C once more.

“It is an open and aggressive sort of group,” mentioned Northern Eire boss Michael O’Neill.

“We have a really younger squad on the minute and I believe it will give them a possibility to win video games, give them extra expertise and assist us develop the group additional, significantly with World Cup qualification the subsequent massive event to take care of.”

Every group in Leagues A, B and C will play two group video games in September, two in October and two in November 2024.

League 1 / 4-finals and promotion/relegation play-offs happen in March 2025, earlier than single-leg semi-finals and a closing in June 2025.

Spain are the trophy holders after they beat Croatia on penalties final June.

Uefa Nations League 2024-25 teams

League A

Group A1: Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Scotland

Group A2: Italy, Belgium, France, Israel

Group A3: Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group A4: Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Serbia

League B

Group B1: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Albania, Georgia

Group B2: England, Finland, Republic of Eire, Greece

Group B3: Austria, Norway, Slovenia, Kazakhstan

Group B4: Wales, Iceland, Montenegro, Turkey

League C

Group C1: Sweden, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Estonia

Group C2: Romania, Kosovo, Cyprus, Lithuania/Gibraltar*

Group C3: Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Northern Eire, Belarus

Group C4: Armenia, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Latvia

*Gibraltar and Lithuania face a play-out, successfully a relegation play-off to see who ends in Leagues C and D, in March 2024.

League D

Group D1: Lithuania/Gibraltar, San Marino, Liechtenstein

Group D2: Moldova, Malta, Andorra

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