Nations League draw: England to face Belgium … holders Portugal up against France

England will face Belgium in their Nations League group whilst holders Portugal will face world champions France.

England, who fell to the Netherlands in the semi-finals last year, are in Group 2 of League A along with Belgium, who beat them in the third place play-off at the 2018 World Cup, Iceland, who knocked them out of the 2016 European Championships and Denmark.

Meanwhile in Group 3, Portugal and France are with Sweden and Croatia, who the French defeated in the World Cup final two years ago.

Italy and the Netherlands will meet in Group whilst it will be a rematch of the 2014 World Cup final in Group with Germany and Spain drawn together.

In League B, the headline comes in Group 4 where the Republic of Ireland and Wales have been drawn together. Scotland will face Israel Slovakia and the Czech Republic in Group 2 whilst in Group 1 Northern Ireland are up against Romania, Norway and Austria.

However, there are a few changes to be aware of as UEFA has tweaked the seedings to ensure there are four teams in each group in the top three leagues with the bottom seven teams being spread across the two groups in League D.

There is also a change in general qualification as there are only two World Cup play-off spots on other.

The best two Nations League group winners who do not qualify for the World Cup or play-offs through normal World Cup qualifying will go into the 12-team World Cup play-offs in March 2022. – Eurosport

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