EURO 2020 DRAW GUIDE: How does the new format affect England, where will they play and who will Gareth Southgate want to avoid in next summer’s tournament?
- The European Championship will be played across the continent next summer
- The Euro 2020 draw takes place in Bucharest at 5pm and is live on BBC2
- Here, Sportsmail guides you through all you need to know for Saturday’s draw
The European Championships are back with a bang next summer following a thrilling qualifying campaign.
The draw for Euro 2020 takes place in Bucharest at 5pm on Saturday evening and is live on BBC2 for UK viewers.
Sportsmail takes you through all you need to know for Saturday’s draw.
The Euro 2020 draw takes place in Bucharest at 5pm and is live on BBC2 on Saturday evening
What’s new about Euro 2020?
It will be played in 12 cities — London, Munich, Rome, Baku, St Petersburg, Copenhagen, Budapest, Bucharest, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Bilbao and Dublin.
Who has qualified so far?
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.
What about the other four places?
They will be decided by play-offs, involving 16 teams, in March.
The four remaining places will be decided by play-offs, involving 16 teams, starting in March
How does the draw work?
There are four pots of six countries each, based on performances in qualifying. The six best teams, including England, are in Pot 1. The draw will create six groups of four teams for the tournament.
Which teams are in each pot?
Pot 1: Belgium, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Ukraine.
Pot 2: France, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Holland, Russia.
Pot 3: Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic.
Pot 4: Wales and Finland plus four play-off winners.
What is the best/worst case scenario for England?
Dream group: England, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Israel.
Nightmare group: England, France, Portugal, Scotland.
Games will be played across the continent while both semi-finals and the final will at Wembley
Where will England be playing?
Gareth Southgate’s team will play all three group games at Wembley. If they win the group they will play their last-16 match in Dublin.
If they win that, their quarter-final will be in Rome. If they come second in the group, their last-16 game will be in Copenhagen and their quarter-final will be in St Petersburg.
If they go through as one of the best third-placed teams, they could play knockout games in Bilbao, Glasgow, Budapest, Munich, Rome or Baku. Both semi-finals and the final are at Wembley.