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What England need to do to qualify and who could they play in the last 16 at Euro 2020?


Gareth Southgate’s side are not quite into the knockout stages yet (Picture: Getty Images)

England have still not confirmed their place in the knockout stages ahead of their final Euro 2020 group game against Czech Republic on Tuesday night, but they are not far from doing so.

After beating Croatia 1-0 and drawing 0-0 with Scotland, England sit second in Group D, behind Czech Republic on goal difference after their win 2-0 over Scotland and 1-1 draw with Croatia.

With Croatia and Scotland on one point each both sides know they need a win when they meet on Tuesday night to have a chance of qualifying.

If teams are level on points in the group stage then their places are firstly decided by head-to-head between the two teams, then by goal difference.

This all means that a win for England will guarantee them top spot in the group, while a draw will guarantee them second place as they will have an inferior goal difference to the Czechs.

Even with defeat, England are in a strong position to finish second as Croatia cannot overtake them due to the head-to-head rule, although Scotland could if they win and there is a significant swing in goal difference from England’s +1 and Scotland’s -2.

Then England would be left in third place and hoping that they are one of the four best third-placed teams in the competition. Four points is likely to be enough, but it could not be, depending on results on Wednesday.

It would take an awful lot to go against England on Tuesday and Wednesday for them to miss out on the last 16, but it is possible.

Who could England play in the last 16?

If England top Group D

If England beat Czech Republic then they will play the runners-up in Group F in the last 16.

At this stage that could be any one of the four teams in that group: France, Portugal, Germany or Hungary.

This last 16 game would be at 5pm on Tuesday 29 June at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling has scored England’s only goal at Euro 2020 so far (Picture: EPA)

If England finish runners-up in Group D

A draw on Tuesday would see England finish second and take on the runners-up in Group E.

All four teams in that group are also still in contention to finish second, so it could be any of Spain, Sweden, Poland and Slovakia.

That route would see England play at 5pm on Monday 28 June in Copenhagen.

If England finish third in Group D and qualify

This gets more complicated as it depends on which other groups see their third-placed team qualify, but England will play the winners of Group C (likely Netherlands), winners of Group B (likely Belgium) or the winners of Group E, which could be any of Sweden, Spain or Slovakia.

The clash with the Group C winner would be on Sunday 27 June at 5pm, Group B winner on the same date at 8pm and the Group E winner on Tuesday 29 June at 8pm.

England’s opponents will not be decided on Tuesday night, but their position in Group D will be when they play Czech Republic at 8pm at Wembley.


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