Nations League Q&A: England secure semi-final spot with victory against Croatia… so what happens next?
- England reached the semi-finals of the Nations League after beating Croatia 2-1
- They join Switzerland and Portugal, and either France or Holland in the last-four
- Here, we explain how England can lift their first significant silverware since 1966
You wait 22 years for England to reach a semi-final and then two come along in less than 12 months!
Here, we explain how England can lift their first significant silverware since 1966…
England reached the Nations League semi-finals after beating Croatia 2-1 at Wembley
HOW DO THE FINALS WORK?
Switzerland’s stunning 5-2 win over Belgium on Sunday night saw them join England and Portugal in the Nations League finals.
Holland will complete the quartet if they avoid defeat against Germany on Monday night but if they lose, France will qualify instead.
The semi-finals take place on June 5 and 6 before a third-place play-off and final on June 9. The semi-final draw takes place in Dublin on December 3.
Switzerland booked their place in the last-four with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Belgium
WHERE ARE THEY TAKING PLACE?
Portugal will host the finals in two cities — Porto and Guimaraes
WHAT ARE THEY PLAYING FOR?
England are hoping to become the first team to win the Nations League trophy.
Weighing 16½lb, standing 28in tall and made from sterling silver, let’s hope Raheem gets to lift it!
This is the trophy the four final teams will be competing for come June next year
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE EURO 2020 QUALIFIERS?
England will begin their qualification campaign for Euro 2020 in the nextinternational break in March 2019. This is their route to the tournament..
HOW DO ENGLAND GET TO THE EUROS?
England will be placed in one of 10 qualifying groups at a draw in Dublin on December 2.
The top two teams from each group will qualify for Euro 2020. Qualifying will take place between March and November.
England will be in a five-team group to accomodate their Nations League finals matches.
England will be placed in one of 10 qualifying groups at a draw in Dublin on December 2
WHAT ABOUT THE PLAY-OFFS?
Joining the 20 qualified teams will be four play-off winners.
The play-offs are made up of teams who won their Nations League group. It means England are guaranteed a play-off place if they fail to qualify for Euro 2020.
If they do qualify, their play-off place goes to another team who has not yet done so.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE EUROS?
Rather than being hosted in one country, the next European Championship will be held across Europe between June 12 and July 12, 2020.
With Wembley hosting seven matches — three group games, a last-16 tie,…