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Germany, Netherlands to meet in Euro 2020 qualifying

Germany's Toni Kroos, left, and Netherland's Marten de Roon challenge for the ball during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and The Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.
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Former champions Germany and the Netherlands will be competing for Euro 2020 after being paired together in Sunday's draw in Dublin, World Cup semi-finalists England will not complain about their group.

The Germans were the most dangerous team in the world in the first round of competition.

Joachim Loew's side will also face Northern Ireland, who they put at the Euro 2016 finals, and Estonia and Belarus in Group C.

The top two teams in each of the 10 groups will qualify for Euro 2020, which will be staged in 12 different venues across the continent.

The semi-finals and final will be played at Wembley, handing England to a major incentive to go on and win the competition, fresh from reaching the last of this year's World Cup.

Gareth Southgate 's side will be happy with a group of people in the group A along with the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

They are in a section with just five teams rather than six because they have qualified for the final four of the Nations League, which will be held next June in Portugal. The draw for that will take place on Monday.

World Cup winners France will meet Albania, Moldova and Andorra in Group H.

The Euro 2020 is extremely slim, but with the top two in each group qualifying, and the safety net of play-offs to determine the last year.

The team is looking for a major tournament for the first time since the 1998 World Cup - they must take on Belgium, Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino in Group I.

Scotland have, at least, already secured a play-off spot after topping their Nations League section.

The Republic of Ireland, with a new manager in Mick McCarthy, will meet Switzerland and Denmark in Georgia and Gibraltar.

Wales must take on World Cup runners-up Croatia in Group E alongside Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.

Arguably the toughest group is Group F in which Sweden, Norway and Romania will be able to compete behind Spain.

The qualifiers will begin in March, with the final round of games in November 2019.


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