Spain face Poland threat in Euro 2020 group phase

Spain face Poland threat in Euro 2020 group phase

Gareth Southgate's outfit know they will again meet their World Cup 2018 nemesis Croatia, along with their qualification rivals Czech Republic.

This, on the surface, looks a favourable and manageable draw - but there may just be a large black cloud on England's horizon.

Europe's top nations discovered their fate in Saturday's draw in Bucharest, and all eyes now will be on Group F, where reigning champion Portugal was drawn against World Cup victor France and three-time European champion Germany.

The tournament will be played all over Europe for the first time and begins on June 12.

The respective managers of the three big teams couldn't help but laugh - perhaps nervously - as the draw was made, with the final position in the group still not decided.

England have struggled with the class acts of European global football before as proved by Croatia in Russian Federation and the emerging Netherlands at the inaugural Uefa Nations League in Portugal last June. Like the team itself, Modric may be past his best but take Croatia lightly at your peril.

Southgate's men will also be used to playing against Czech Republic having played them in the qualifiers for the Euros next summer, beating them 5-0 at home but losing 2-1 away.

Croatia will not be daunted by the Wembley stage.

Euro 2020 is being held across 12 cities in 12 countries to mark the 60th anniversary of the tournament.

England, who were drawn in Group D, will play their opening match at Wembley against Croatia on June 14.

Apparently, it lies in the group draw.

With the play-offs not due to take place until late March, there is still a chance the other home nations Northern Ireland and Scotland could still qualify, as well as the Republic of Ireland.

Scroll down to see the six groups.

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