With the European Championships just a matter of days away excited England fans will already be consulting their wallcharts ahead of the big kick-off in Rome on June 11.
Unlike Gareth Southgate and his players – who will no doubt be taking the tournament “one game at a time” eager supporters will be keen to work out who stands in the way of their side lifting the trophy in London on June.
On paper at least, England have their work cut out if they are to make it all the way, with Portugal, France and Germany all potential Last 16 opponents ahead of a possible quarter-final tie with Italy or Belgium.
Though their job has been made slightly easier due to the fact that they could be playing the majority of their games on home soil.
After Dublin lost their last-16 knockout game due to being unable to guarantee the return of fans to stadiums, UEFA awarded the match to Wembley, which is already hosting a number of matches for the tournament.
It means England could play their first four matches of the finals at Wembley if they win Group D, before potentially moving to Rome for the quarter-finals.
The semi-finals and final are also due to be played at the London venue too, meaning England could play all but one of their games at their national stadium en route to the final on July 11th.
So let’s take a look at the possible scenarios that await England if they are to progress to the finals of the Euros this summer.
Now this is the easy part as we all know what team is in what group and who will face each other and where.
But just in case you’ve forgotten, here are England’s three group opponents and when they play each other in Group D
Sunday, June 13 – Group D: England vs Croatia; Kick-off 2pm (Wembley)
Friday, June 18 – Group D: England vs Scotland; Kick-off 8pm (Wembley)
Tuesday, June 22 – Group D: Czech Republic vs England; Kick-off 8pm (Wembley)
The Last 16
If the Gareth Southgate’s side win Group D they face a potential last-16 meeting with one of Portugal, Germany, France or Hungary, meaning the Three Lions might be better off coming second.
That’s becasue, if England finish as runners-up in their group, they will likely face an on-paper easier opponent in the next round – the runner-up from Group E, meaning one of Spain, Sweden, Poland or Slovakia.
There are three potential outcomes if England finish third in Group D but still qualify.
If England win Group D…
Tuesday, June 29 – vs Group F runners-up (Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary); Kick-off 5pm (London)
If England finish second in Group D…
Monday, June 28 – vs Group E runners-up (Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia); Kick-off 5pm (Copenhagen)
If England finish as one of four best third-place teams…
Sunday, June 27 – vs Group C winners (Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia); Kick-off 5pm (Budapest)
Sunday, June 27 – vs Group B winners (Denmark, Finland, Belgium and Russia); Kick-off 8pm (Seville)
Tuesday, June 29: vs Group E winners (Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia); Kick-off 8pm (Glasgow)
Here’s where things get a little more complicated as England’s quarter-final opponents will be decided by who finishes where in their various groups and obviously what sides progress through the first round of knockout games.
But let’s try and break it down as simply and as clearly as possible.
If England win Group D and win last-16 game…
Saturday, July 3 – vs Winner Group E (Spain, Sweden, Poland, Slovakia) OR 3rd in Group A/B/C/D; Kick-off 8pm (Rome)
If England finish second in Group D and win last-16 game…
Friday, July 2 – vs Winner Group F (Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary) OR 3rd group A/B/C; Kick-off 5pm (St Petersburg)
If England finish as one of four best third-place teams and win last-16 game…
If England beat Group B winner in last-16:
Friday, July 2 – vs Winner Group A (Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland) OR Runner-up Group C (Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, North Macedonia); Kick-off 8pm (Munich)
If England beat Group C winner in last-16:
Saturday, July 3 – Runner-up Group A (Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland) OR Runner-up Group B (Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia); Kick-off 6pm (Baku)
If England beat Group E winner in last-16:
Saturday, July 3 – Winner Group D (England, Scotland, Croatia, Czech Republic) OR Runner-Up Group F (Portugal, France, Germany, Hungary); Kick-off 8pm (Rome)
Semi Finals and beyond
Of course, by now it’s almost impossible to predict who England might face if they progress to the last four.
But once again it’s good news for Gareth Southgate as, if his side do make it to the final four and then the final, both games will be played on home soil with a potential semi final and final being played at Wembley.
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