England get chance for Euro 2020 final revenge vs Italy in Nations League with old rivals Germany also in horror group

ENGLAND have been drawn against Germany, Italy and Hungary in a NIGHTMARE Nations League group.

Gareth Southgate's men will get the opportunity to avenge their Euro 2020 final heartbreak at the hands of Italy, while they will also face long-time rivals Germany.

Scotland and Republic of Ireland have been drawn TOGETHER in League B, while Wales face the tough task of taking on Holland Belgium and Poland.

Ian Baraclough's Northern Ireland are in League C and have been drawn alongside Cyprus/Estonia, Kosovo and Greece.

To the relief of Uefa, there was no repeat of the farce of Monday’s Champions League draw debacle, with the event passing off without a hitch.

Here is the complete draw.

League A draw

  • Group A1: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France
  • Group A2: Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain
  • Group A3: Hungary, England, Germany, Italy
  • Group A4: Wales, Poland, Holland, Belgium

League B draw

  • Group B1: Armenia, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine
  • Group B2: Albania, Israel, Russia, Iceland
  • Group B3: Montenegro, Romania, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Group B4: Slovenia, Serbia, Norway, Sweden

League C draw

  • Group C1: Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Turkey
  • Group C2: Cyprus/Estonia, Kosovo, Greece, Northern Ireland
  • Group C3: Kazakhstan/Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Slovakia
  • Group C4: Gibraltar, Georgia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria

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League D draw

  • Group D1: Latvia, Andorra, Kazakhstan/Moldova, Liechtenstein
  • Group D2: San Marino, Cyprus/Estonia, Malta

Here is when the fixtures for the Nations League 2022-23 will take place.

  • Matchdays 1 and 2: June 2-8, 2022
  • Matchdays 3 and 4: June 8-14, 2022
  • Matchdays 5 and 6: September 22-27, 2022
  • Semi-finals: June 14 and 15, 2023
  • Final and third-place match: June 18, 2023

The six matches – four in June and two in September – will represent the final countdown to the World Cup in Qatar with no friendlies in October before the tournament starts on November 21.

Among the tough games against Italy and Germany, England will also face Hungary.

And the last time the two sides met in October crowd trouble broke out between both sets of fans.

The FA will therefore hope that their Nations League opener is against the Hungarians as they must play it behind closed doors in punishment for the carnage of the Euro 2020 final.

England lost to Italy on penalties in a game that was overshadowed by the poor fan behaviour.

Groups of fans broke through security cordons and got into the stadium without a ticket.

And the disorder continued as objects were thrown and the Italian national anthem was booed.

England have only beaten Italy once in 10 previous competitive meetings, a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win at Wembley in 1977.

Recent results against Germany have been mixed, but Southgate will fondly remember the 2-0 last 16 triumph at Wembley in the summer.

And while the 1-1 home draw with the Hungarians was England’s most below-par performance in qualifying, they smashed the Magyars 4-0 in a hostile Budapest in September.

Winning the group will qualify England for the four-team Finals in June 2023. 


In League B, Scotland will have an instant rematch with their World Cup play-off semi-final opponents Ukraine and also face the Republic of Ireland and Armenia.

Steve Clarke’s men will already host Ukraine at Hampden in March for the right to play Wales or Austria to earn that coveted place in Qatar in November. 

Northern Ireland, one of the top seeds in League C, will face Greece, Kosovo and the winners of the March play-off between Cyprus and Estonia.

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