England secured qualification to the second round of Euro 2020 as group winners last night after their hard-fought 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.
Gareth Southgate’s men were already guaranteed qualification, but their victory ensured they won the group as Raheem Sterling’s 12th-minute goal took them to seven points, three clear of 2018 World Cup finalists, Croatia, who qualified in second.
While the Three Lions have six days before their next game in the second round, they will keep a keen eye on results elsewhere today as their next opponent is set to be revealed, with the Round of 16 game due to be played once again at Wembley Stadium.
Today’s Group F clashes will determine England’s next match, as reigning European champions Portugal take on reigning world champions France in Budapest, while a resurgent Germany face a difficult Hungary side.
England are set to face whichever team that finishes second in that group – an opportunity available to any of the four teams – and that position is currently occupied by Joachim Low’s Germany side, who were impressive in their 4-2 win over Portugal on Saturday.
The likeliest scenario is that Germany visit Wembley, and that will happen if Low’s team beat Hungary and France match or better their result.
Portugal is another shout, and that will happen if Fernando Santos’ side beat France and Germany beat Hungary (unless they win by more goals than Germany, in which case they could go top) or if Portugal draw their match and Germany lose.
France would probably be the worst-case scenario and that’s possible through a French draw against Portugal and a German win or if France lose and Germany draw.
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Hungary are the favourable option and if they beat Germany and France beat Portugal, the Magyars will be traveling to London – a reasonable scenario.
England have played some famous matches at the European Championships against the three big-hitters of Group F.
In 2012, they played France in the group stage as Joleon Lescott and Samir Nasri scored in a 1-1 draw.
Germany, meanwhile, took on England at the Euros in 2000, when an Alan Shearer goal avenged their Euros’ penalty heartache from four years prior.
At Euro 2004, there was more heartbreak for England against Portugal as the Iberian nation reached the final of the tournament played on their home turf.
Hungary have never been England’s opponents at the Euros, but the two countries did face off in a World Cup match in 1962.
After England’s learn who their opponents will be tonight, they will have until next Tuesday to prepare for their meeting.
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