Euro 2020 draw LIVE: Start time, groups, fixtures and schedule as England and Wales learn fate



Follow the Euro 2020 draw live from Bucharest as England and Wales learn their fates ahead of next summer’s tournament. 

Gareth Southgate’s side won all but one of their qualifying fixtures and feature in Pot 1 alongside fellow heavyweights Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium. Meanwhile, Wales overcame a gruelling run to qualify automatically with a brilliant Aaron Ramsey-inspired victory against Hungary in their final group game and will be drawn in Pot 4.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland can all still feature in the tournament if they come through the overhauled play-off system, which is set to be held next March. The tournament itself will be played across 12 major cities, with the final set to take place at Wembley. Follow the draw live below:



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Controversy has overtaken Spain’s build-up to Euro 2020.

 

Luis Enrique, who left the national team on a temporary basis to care for his daughter, who passed away after a five-month battle against bone cancer in August, accused his assistant Roberto Moreno of ‘disloyalty’ last week after being reinstated as the national coach ahead of next summer’s tournament.

 


So for Gareth Southgate’s England, qualification turned out to be a formality. However, for Wales, it came down to a nailbiting finale against Hungary. And, after such a long absence from the international side, it was former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey who hauled them over the line in spectacular fashion.

 


Here’s a reminder of England’s potential group opponents:

 


Only Wales and Finland have secured their positions in Pot 4, with the tournament’s newly revamped play-off system being held in March between 16 teams to determine the final four spots.

 

The play-off system will be resolved via four pathways, with a one-legged semi-final followed by a final to determine the four qualifiers.

 

Path A

Iceland vs Romania, Bulgaria vs Hungary*

 

Path B

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland*, Slovakia vs Republic of Ireland

 

Path C

Scotland vs Israel, Norway vs Serbia*

 

Path D

Georgia vs Belarus*, North Macedonia vs Kosovo

 

*The winner of this tie will host that pathway’s play-off final.


Pot 3 is made up of the next best runners-up.

 

Here’s how Pot 3 looks in full:

Portugal, Turkey, Denmark (hosts), Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic

 


The remaining group winners and second-place finishers in qualifying will be drawn in Pot 2.

 

Here’s how Pot 2 looks in full:

France, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Netherlands (hosts), Russia (hosts).


Welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage of the Euro 2020 draw as England and Wales learn their fates ahead of next summer’s tournament.

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What are the pots?

The draw involves the two-top finishers in the ten qualifying groups (completed in November 2019) and the eventual four play-off winners (decided in March 2020).

Pot 1

Belgium

Italy (hosts)

England (hosts)

Germany (hosts)

Spain (hosts)

Ukraine

Pot 2

France

Poland

Switzerland

Croatia

Netherlands (hosts)

Russia (hosts)

Pot 3

Portugal

Turkey

Denmark (hosts)

Austria

Sweden

Czech Republic

Pot 4

Wales

Finland

Winner play-off Path A (Iceland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania)

Winner play-off Path B (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland)

Winner play-off Path C (Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Israel)

Winner play-off Path D (Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus)

When is the draw?

The group stage draw will take place in Bucharest on Saturday 30 November at 5pm GMT.

How does the seeding work?

Seeding is based on each national side’s performances in qualifying. 

The six best-performing group winners will be top seeds, the remaining group winners and best runners-up will be in Pot 2.

The next best group runners-up will be in Pot 3, while the remaining runners-up and the play-off winners will be placed in Pot 4.

What stadiums are being used?

Group A: Stadio Olimpico (Rome) and Olympic Stadium (Baku)

Group B: Parken Stadium (Copenhagen) and Krestovsky Stadium (St Petersburg)

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Group C: Johan Cruyff Arena (Amsterdam) and Arena Nationala (Bucharest)

Group D: Wembley (London) and Hampden Park (Glasgow)

Group E: San Mames (Bilbao) and the Aviva Stadium (Dublin)

Group F: Puskas Arena (Budapest) and the Allianz Arena (Munich)

When are the play-offs?

For the first time, 16 teams will compete for the remaining four places at the finals in a revamped play-off system.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on 22 November in Nyon, with the 16 nations split into four paths based on Nations League performances.

Eight semi-finals will be played on 26 March, with four finals following on 31 March to determine the play-off winners.

This means that the identity of the four play-off winners will not be known at the time of the finals draw on 30 November.



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