England found out on Saturday that their Group D opponents at Euro 2020 will be Croatia, Czech Republic, and either Scotland, Serbia, Israel, or Norway.
Revenge will be a main goal for England boss Gareth Southgate, with losses to both of their confirmed opponents still no doubt fresh on his mind.
Plus, depending on the qualifying play-off results, there could be an enticing match against local rivals Scotland, who England have faced many times throughout history with mixed results.
England found out their confirmed Euro 2020 opponents will be Croatia and Czech Republic
It’s certainly not the hardest group, so can England take their chances and lift the trophy?
A grudge match going back to the 2018 World Cup semi-final. Croatia progressed to the final with a 2-1 extra-time win over England a couple of summers ago, while Southgate’s men went home devastated.
England have played Croatia twice since that day, both in the Nations League tournament. The first was a 0-0 damp squib, but then England got their revenge with a 2-1 win of their own. Who will come out on top when they meet next summer?
Overall in internationals, England have got a slight edge, with five wins, two draws, and three losses. And remember, it was Croatia who kept England from qualifying for Euro 2008 too.
Croatia’s key man is Luka Modric, who won the FIFA Best Men’s Player award in 2018
Croatia topped their qualifying group for Euro 2020, and their only loss came to Hungary early on in the campaign. They won five games, drew the other two, and scored 17 goals.
It was one of the closer groups, with Slovakia, Wales, and Hungary all in with a shot of qualification, and Croatia only finished three points clear of Bale and co.
Croatia’s key man is of course Luka Modric, who won the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award after performing well for Real Madrid and in Croatia’s run through the World Cup last year. The captain has got 127 caps for his national side.
Croatia’s current FIFA world ranking is 6.
Croatia ended England’s dreams of a World Cup win last year with a victory in the semi-final
England’s final group game will be against Czech Republic, and these teams were in the same qualifying group, so will be well versed in each other’s squads by now.
The Czechs handed England their only loss of the qualifying campaign, a 2-1 defeat where the Three Lions were pretty dreadful after an early Harry Kane penalty put them ahead. However, England won 5-0 at home at Wembley, and their fans will be hoping they can replicate that performance in 2020.
England have only played Czech Republic four times, with two wins, a draw, and a loss, and they’ve never faced each other at a major tournament.
Czech Republic had up and down qualifying games, losing to the likes of Kosovo and Hungary, but picking up good wins elsewhere.
Michael Krmencik is the danger man up front, having scored eight goals in his 23 appearances for the national team so far.
Czech Republic’s current FIFA world ranking is 45.
Czech Republic handed England an embarrassing loss in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign
Scotland, Israel, Norway, or Serbia
The playoff games for the final Euro 2020 spots are still to come, but we already know that either Scotland, Israel, Norway, or Serbia will be headed for Group D.
A local derby against 50th ranked Scotland would of course be an exciting affair. They’ve played each other 114 times in their history, with England picking up 48 wins, 25 draws, and 41 losses. Key man: Andrew Robertson
England have never lost against Israel, getting two wins and two draws in their four games, so would certainly savour facing the world’s 93rd ranked team. Key man: Moanes Dabour
They’ve got a pretty good record against 44th ranked Norway too. Their last loss came in 1993, and overall have got seven wins, three draws, and two losses. Key man: Joshua King
England have never played against Serbia since it has competed as an independent nation, but the world’s 29th ranked team is one of the more dangerous teams they can face. Key man: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Could a local derby match against Scotland be on the cards for England at Euro 2020?