The draw for the group stage of the next UEFA Nations League has been confirmed which sees England in the group of death.
The Three Lions will seek revenge against Italy, who beat them in the final of Euro 2020 this summer, while also facing rivals Germany and foes Hungary, fresh from earning a 1-1 draw at Wembley in October.
Gareth Southgate and co reached the final four of the Nations League in 2019 but failed to make the same stage last time out.
Wales will play Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland, looking to avoid relegation in what will be a difficult task.
Meanwhile, Scotland and Republic of Ireland are set to meet in League B, additionally facing tough trips to Ukraine and Armenia as they battle for promotion in League A.
Finally of the home nations, Northern Ireland will face Kosovo, Greece and one of Cyprus or Estonia.
France won the second edition of the Nations League, beating Spain 2-1 in October at the San Siro, making Didier Deschamps’ side the second to triumph in the Nations League after Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal to victory two years ago.
The first six matchdays of the group stage are set take place in June and September.
They will somewhat act as warm-up matches nations who have qualified for the World Cup in Qatar, taking place this winter.
But the 2021-21 Nations League is not over yet.
In March, there will be a relegation play-off to determine which of the following nations will remain in League C and who will be drop down to League D.
Moldova face Kazakhstan and Cyprus are up against Estonia.
The first legs are on March 24 with the second legs on March 29, the same dates as the World Cup qualifying play-offs which Scotland and Wales are involved in.
UEFA Nations League 2021-22 draw in full:
Group A1: Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France
Group A2: Czech Republic, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain
Group A3: Hungary, England, Germany, Italy
Group A4: Wales, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium
Group B1: Armenia, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine
Group B2: Albania, Isreal, Russia, Iceland
Group B3: Montenegro, Romania, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group B4: Slovenia, Serbia, Norway, Sweden
Group C1: Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Turkey
Group C2: Cyprus/Estonia, Kosovo, Greece, Northern Ireland
Group C3: Kazakhstan/Moldova, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Slovakia
Group C4: Gibraltar, Georgia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria
Group D1: Latvia, Andorra, Kazakhstan/Moldova, Liechtenstein
Group D2: Malta, Cyprus/Estonia, San Marino
2022 World Cup: FIFA announces new date for kick off
FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup will now kick off on Sunday, November 20, rather than the initially scheduled date of Monday, November 21.
The first game will now be between the host nation Qatar and Ecuador instead of Senegal’s match against the Netherlands.
This means the tournament will be extended to 29 days, with the final taking place on Sunday, December 18.
FIFA confirmed this on Thursday, in what was a unanimous decision by a committee comprising FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and presidents of the six continental soccer bodies.
“The change ensures the continuity of a long-standing tradition of marking the start of the FIFA World Cup with an opening ceremony on the occasion of the first match featuring either the hosts or the defending champions.
“The decision followed an assessment of the competition and operational implications, as well as a thorough consultation process and an agreement with key stakeholders and the host country,” FIFA said in a statement.
Rashford takes decision on joining PSG
Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has decided to rule out any possibility of leaving the club to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
PSG are strongly interested in signing Rashford from Man United this summer.
The French Ligue 1 champions have held talks with Rashford’s representatives and want to bring the England international to the Parc des Princes.
But according to Daily Mail, Rashford has now responded to their approach by saying that he is happy at Man United and that his priority is to stay at Old Trafford this summer.
The report added that Man United are relaxed over the situation – despite the fact that Rashford’s contract is set to end on June 30, 2023.
Rashford has scored 93 goals in 304 games for Man United.
The 24-year-old has helped Man United win the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League since he made his debut back in 2015, having progressed through the club’s youth ranks.
Aguero warns Guardiola against selling Man City star
Former Argentina striker, Sergio Aguero, has warned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City against selling Bernardo Silva this summer.
Aguero said Silva is a great player, adding that he would be surprised if City under Guardiola let the Portugal international leave the Etihad this summer.
Silva has been linked with a move to LaLiga giants, Barcelona, this summer.
“Bernardo is a great player. He carries the ball, he sacrifices, has quality to assist and score goals, and he can play in different positions,” Aguero told Stake.
“It would surprise me if City let him go. He’s a player who contributes a lot every season, but everything is possible.
“If he finally arrives at Barca, then he’ll be someone who can be key to the possession game that Xavi likes.”
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