England can qualify for the Euro 2020 knockout stages tonight – without even kicking a ball.
The Three Lions currently sit second in Group D, having beaten Croatia 1-0 to open their campaign and been held to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Scotland.
Their last game comes against the Czech Republic, who are the surprise leaders of the group after securing a draw against the 2018 World Cup finalists following a 2-0 win over England’s neighbours.
But there is still another day of football to be played, with Group B and Group C’s teams to see out their final fixtures.
Ukraine take on North Macedonia in Bucharest at the same time as the third group’s qualified side Holland look to make it three wins from three against North Macedonia in Amsterdam at 5pm.
Over in St Petersburg, Finland will try to tame world No.1 side Belgium while Russia look to secure second against Denmark.
And a permutation of these fixtures would see England make it to the round-of-16 due to the third-place ranking system.
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Gareth Southgate’s side are currently level with the Czechs at the top of the table on four points, the easter European side leading only on goal difference.
Austria vs Ukraine would have to be anything but a draw as the Danes would be required to see off Russia on home soil or the Red Devils would have to beat Finland.
If this scenario happens, all three teams below Belgium in Group C would finish up on three points – one below England’s current score.
While it would be the same case for the losing team in Bucharest as both teams also currently sit on three points.
Three teams have already qualified for the next round, with Italy and Wales confirmed as the top two teams from Group A on Sunday.
And Holland are also through because their better head-to-head record against Ukraine and Austria would put them ahead if either of those teams won.
England will play their last group game at Wembley, kicking off against the Czech Republic at 8pm on Tuesday.
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