Qualifying for the Euro 2020 championships starts on Wednesday with a new format awaiting the 55 competing countries as they vie for a spot at next year's tournament.
A number of changes have been made this time around and here we examine all those alterations ahead of 16th edition of the European Championships.
What's the timeline/key dates?
The first round of qualifying for the competition will take place
|5/6 and 9 June 2019||UEFA Nations League Finals|
|22 November 2019||European Qualifiers play-off draw|
|Early December 2019||UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament draw|
|26–31 March 2020||European Qualifiers play-offs|
|12 June to 12 July 2020||UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament|How many teams qualify for Euro 2020?
There are 20 places available for the 55 competing nations this year, with
The 16 teams who won their three or four-team groups in the Nations League last year guaranteed themselves a Euro 2020 play-off place, which will be against teams of a similar level - if they fail to finish in the top two places in these upcoming qualifying groups.
The likelihood, however, is that some of these countries will qualify automatically for Euro 2020. If that is the case then the
These are the teams guaranteed a play-off place at least.
|League D||Georgia||Belarus||Macedonia||Kosovo|Which group is England in?
England were top-seeded heading into the qualifying, and as a result were handed a favourable draw with
|Group A||England ||Czech Republic||Bulgaria||Montenegro||Kosovo|
Interestingly, England have never faced the Czech Republic, since it was formed, in a competitive match and will also face off against newly formed Kosovo for the first time.
In ten matches against Bulgaria, the Three Lions have yet to taste defeat, winning six and drawing four of their encounters. The most recent of those clashes was a 3-0 away win in September 2011.
The four meetings between England and Montenegro have also seen Gareth Southgate's side go unbeaten, three draws and a 4-1 win in 2013 rounding off the previous encounters.
Here are the dates for all of Harry Kane and co's Euro 2020 matches:
|Friday March 22 2019||England vs Czech Republic (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Monday March 25 2019||Montenegro vs England (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Saturday September 7 2019||England vs Bulgaria (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Tuesday September 10 2019||England vs Kosovo (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Friday October 11 2019||Czech Republic vs England (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Monday October 14 2019||Bulgaria vs England (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Thursday November 14 2019||England vs Montenegro (7.45pm kick-off)|
|Sunday November 17 2019||Kosovo vs England (5pm kick-off)|
What groups are the other home nations in?
Unquestionably it was Northern Ireland who were handed the toughest draw, facing the Netherlands and Germany alongside Estonia and Belarus.
Scotland were drawn into a potentially problematic group ahead of their qualification campaign, facing daunting clashes with both Belgium and Russia. On top of that they face fourth seeds Cyprus while
Here are Groups B-J in full:
|Group C||Netherlands||Germany||Northern Ireland||Estonia||Belarus|||
|Group D||Switzerland||Denmark||Republic of Ireland||Georgia||Gibraltar|||
|Group F||Spain||Sweden||Norway||Romania||Faroe Islands||Malta|
|Group I||Belgium||Russia||Scotland||Cyprus||Kazakhstan||San Marino|
Where will Euro 2020 be played?
For the first time, the 2020 edition
As there is no host nation(s), it means n
Wembley holds the honour of hosting seven games - three group matches, one last 16 tie, both semi finals and the final. Elsewhere in the UK,