Euro 2024 qualifying draw: England start away to Italy before hosting Ukraine in March | Football news

England will face Italy and Ukraine in their Euro 2024 qualifying group.

The defending champions Italy and England met in the final of Euro 2020, but have now been pitted against each other in their bid to qualify for the tournament in Germany. North Macedonia, who prevented Roberto Mancini’s side from reaching the World Cup, will also feature in Group C.

The Three Lions begin their qualifying campaign away to Italy on March 23 in what will be their first game after the Qatar World Cup, before hosting Ukraine three days later. England then play against Malta and North Macedonia in June.

England’s Euro 2024 qualifiers

  • Italy vs England – 23 March 2023, 19.45 KO
  • England vs Ukraine – 26 March 2023 at 17.00 KO
  • Malta vs England – 16 June 2023, 19.45 KO
  • England vs North Macedonia – 19 June 2023, 19.45 KO
  • Ukraine vs England – 9 September 2023, at 17.00 KO
  • England vs Italy – 17 October 2023, 19.45 KO
  • England vs Malta – 17 November 2023 at 19.45 KO
  • North Macedonia vs England – 20 November 2023, 19.45 KO

Reacting to England’s qualifying group, manager Gareth Southgate said Sky Sports news: “It’s obviously a tough draw, given the quality of the opposition, and we’ve had draws in the qualifiers that have probably been a bit more comfortable than that.

“But I have to say Poland and Hungary in the last qualifying group (for the Qatar World Cup) were also particularly tough. So we’re used to that and the draws being what they are, it’s about how you perform on the day. “

Facing familiar opposition in Italy, the England manager added: “There aren’t too many surprises. We know the quality they have and we know the depth they have. England’s record against Italy is generally not very good, so we” it needs to be improved.”

The top two countries from each qualifying group – seven of which comprise just five countries – will qualify.

Scotland has been grouped with Spain and Norway while Wales will face Croatia.

But Republic of Ireland apparently face a tough challenge after being drawn with Holland and France.

Two teams from each of the three groups of six countries will also qualify for Euro 2024.

Northern Irelandalso in a six-nation group, must play against Denmark, Finland and Slovenia.

As hosts, Germany have automatically qualified for the tournament, while three countries will qualify from the play-offs.

The qualification starts in March and ends in November next year.

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The European Championship 2024 qualification groups

Group A: Spain, ScotlandNorway, Georgia, Cyprus.

Group B: Netherlands, France, Republic of IrelandGreece, Gibraltar.

Group C: Italy, EnglandUkraine, North Macedonia, Malta.

Group D: Croatia, WalesArmenia, Turkey, Latvia.

Group E: Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova.

Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia.

Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania.

Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern IrelandSan Marino.

Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra.

Group J: Portugal, Bosnia, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein.

When are the other home nations’ matches?

Scotland

Scotland vs Cyprus – 25 March 2023 at 14.00 KO

Scotland vs Spain – 28 March 2023 at 19.45 KO

Norway vs Scotland – 17 June 2023, at 17.00 KO

Scotland vs Georgia – 20 June 2023 at 19.45 KO

Cyprus vs Scotland – 8 September 2023 19.45 KO

Spain vs Scotland – 12 October 2023 at 19.45 KO

Georgia vs Scotland – 16 November 2023 at 17.00 KO

Scotland vs Norway – 19 November 2023 at 19.45 KO

Wales

Croatia vs Wales – 25 March 2023 at 19.45 KO

Wales vs Latvia – 28 March 2023 at 19.45 KO

Wales vs Armenia – 16 June 2023 at 19.45 KO

Turkey vs Wales – 19 June 2023, 7.45pm KO

Latvia vs Wales – 11 September 2023, TBC KO

Wales vs Croatia – 15 October 2023 at 19.45 KO

Armenia vs Wales – 18 November 2023 at 15.00 KO

Wales vs Turkey – 21 November 2023 at 19.45 KO

Northern Ireland (kick-offs TBC)

San Marino vs Northern Ireland – 23 March 2023

Northern Ireland vs Finland – 26 March 2023

Denmark vs Northern Ireland – 16 June 2023

Northern Ireland vs Kazakhstan – 19 June 2023

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland – 7 September 2023

Kazakhstan vs Northern Ireland – 10 September 2023

Northern Ireland vs San Marino – 14 October 2023

Northern Ireland vs Slovenia – 17 October 2023

Finland vs Northern Ireland – 17 November 2023

Northern Ireland vs Denmark – 20 November 2023

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland v France – 27 March 2023

Greece v Republic of Ireland – 16 June 2023

Republic of Ireland v Gibraltar – 19 June 2023

France v Ireland – 7 September 2023

Republic of Ireland v Netherlands – 10 September 2023

Republic of Ireland v Greece – 13 October 2023

Gibraltar v Ireland – 16 October 2023

Netherlands v Ireland – 18 November 2023

Who qualifies for Euro 2024?

Two teams – the group winners and runners-up – automatically qualify from each of the 10 groups.

Three teams then qualify via the playoffs.

As hosts, Germany are the only country currently certain to be one of the 24 nations in action at next summer’s tournament.

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What are the key dates for Euro 2024?

The first round of qualifications takes place between 23-25 March 2023, while the last matches are on 19-21 November 2023.

However, the four Nations League finalists will not be in action on either matchday three or four as they will be competing in the final of that tournament.

What about the playoffs?

Each country that won their Nations League group automatically enters the play-offs, unless they progress to the tournament itself by finishing in the top two of their qualifying group.

In that situation, the second best nation in the respective league will take their play-off place, where this will be decided according to the following criteria: position in the group, points and goal difference.

The draw for the play-offs will take place in November 2023, with the play-off semi-finals and finals being played between 21 and 26 March 2024.

When is the tournament?

The final tournament draw will take place in December 2023 in the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

The teams will be seeded according to the overall European qualifications. Germany will automatically be seeded in Pot 1 as hosts and placed in position A1.

The three play-off winners will not be known at the time of the draw but will be placed in Pool 4 for the draw.

The opening match for Euro 2024 is on 14 June 2024 with the final on 14 July 2024 at the Olympiastadion, Berlin.

Who are the Euro 2024 hosts?

Germany, the team in the EURO 2024 host federation, automatically qualified for the final tournament and therefore did not participate in the qualification draw.

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