England's best and worst case scenarios ahead of Euro 2020 draw

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England have qualified for the Euro 2020 finals next summer.

Gareth Southgate's men were not perfect in qualifying - they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic in October - but still finished first in Group A.

The Three Lions will now look to better the success they had in the 2018 World Cup, where they finished fourth.

England don't know yet who they will play in the group stages in June.

But UEFA did finalise the pots earlier this week ahead of the draw, which takes place in Romania on Sunday 30 November.

England are one of the highest seeds in the competition and have been placed in Pot 1, along with the likes of Belgium and Spain.

View the pots below:

Pot 1: Belgium, Italy, ENGLAND, Germany, Spain, Ukraine.

Pot 2: France, Switzerland, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, Russia.

Pot 3: Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic.

Pot 4: Wales, Finland, Playoff A, Playoff B, Playoff C, Playoff D.


There will be six groups at the Euro 2020 finals.

Because Wembley is hosting some of the group stage games, Southgate's side already know they will be in Group D.

But what are their best and worst scenarios ahead of the group stage draw?

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Best case scenario: England, Russia, Sweden, Israel

England and Russia were placed in the same group in Euro 2016, with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.

But the Russians are comfortably the weakest team in Pot 2 and England should fancy their chances if they are placed in the same group once again.

England got the better of Sweden at the quarter-final stage of the last World Cup and they represent the weakest team in Pot 3.

England will play one of Scotland, Israel, Norway or Serbia, depending on who wins through in playoff path C.

The most favourable draw would likely be Israel.

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Worst case scenario: England, France, Portugal, Serbia

What a tough challenge this would be. The term 'Group of Death' would definitely apply here.

Somehow, France have been put in Pot 2 and England could draw them in the group stages.

France are the reigning World Cup champions and would definitely go into the game as favourites.

In Pot 3, the team to avoid is Portugal. 


Portugal actually won Euro 2016 and it is baffling that they've been put in a lower pot than Russia.

In Pot four, England would want to avoid Serbia.

However, despite Scotland not qualifying for a major tournament since 1998, England will probably not want to be given a derby game.

If England are handed this group, it's feasible that they could finish last and not qualify for the knockout rounds.

They will be hoping for good luck when the draw takes place next Sunday.

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