England were handed a generous group, but Northern Ireland face European powerhouses Germany and Netherlands in Group C
A Balkan-themed road to 2020 for England, then. Gareth Southgate’s side will face trips to Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo, as well as the Czech Republic. Northern Ireland face a tricky campaign, but manager Michael O’Neill is putting on a brave face. “It’s a very tough draw, obviously we are against two of the top teams in Europe,” he says. “But we have to do as best as we can and challenge for one of the second spots. They are games to look forward to as well, Holland and Germany in Belfast will be great games. We have to improve our coefficient as much as possible, because there’s still a potential route through the Nations League as well.” As for Scotland, Belgium and Russia stand in their way and the Russian midfielder Ruslan Kambolov believes it will be a three-way fight. “The group is interesting,” Kambolov says. “I think the fight for the two tickets to the finals will be between Belgium, Scotland and us, but the three other teams can surprise you. The Belgians are favourites, but they will not have it easy.”
Phew! So, England, drawn out first in Dublin, get a generous group, with Czech Republic the meanest-looking side in Group A. The draw was not quite so kind to Northern Ireland, who were plunged into Group C alongside Netherlands and Germany at the expense of the Republic of Ireland, who could not go into that group as a third host nation. In the end, Mick McCarthy’s side were drawn into Group D, alongside Denmark and Switzerland. Elsewhere, Wales will have to take on Croatia in Group E, while Scotland will have to do battle with Belgium and Russia in Group I.
Source: Football News
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