Italy in Group 3 of inaugural UEFA Nations League

Portugal won Euro 2016- but the qualification for Euro 2020 will be affected by the Nations League

Germany have been drawn against France and the Netherlands in Group A1 of the UEFA Nations League, an inaugural worldwide tournament initiated by UEFA.

"Nobody is interested in worldwide friendlies", said pretty much every football fan ever.

Managers actually want friendlies in order to introduce new faces.

Dutch football association director Eric Gudde said the Dutch draw has thrown up some interesting matches, for players, staff and supporters.

"It's coming up very quickly and is taking place before the Euros themselves".

The Derry man has suggested that 2018 will be the year he considerably lowers the average age of the Ireland squad.

What is the UEFA Nations League?

In the second division, Wales face a replay of the 2018 World Cup playoff qualifier against Republic of Ireland with both nations paired alongside Denmark.

England will be involved in this new format which will see them go head-to-head with other European nations.

At the top, in League A, we find the reason why the competition exists.

Germany, France and The Netherlands were drawn together in group one of League A, the top tier of the inaugural tournament.

The UEFA Nations League schedule will begin in September as each country plays the other countries in its group home and away, with six matches for every team by the end of November. The victor of that play-off will qualify for the Euro 2020 tournament.

"There were maybe two nations in the whole set-up who could be considered weaker than us, San Marino and Gibraltar, but now we have Kosovo who are 178th in the world, Azerbaijan 118th and Faroe Islands 97".

Group 2: Iceland, Switzerland, Belgium.

But now they will compete against each other for one precious spot. Teams play home and away games from September 6 through November 20.

The first one will take place in June 2019.

"There will be a little transition in our squad so it's good that the tournament is coming before the Euro qualifiers start".

Split, once again, into four groups in separate play-off paths - determined by their leagues - the four teams will take part in single-legged semi-finals and then a final to decide who will be joining the initial 20 teams at Euro 2020. Critics say the event is too complex and makes the calendar even more crowded.

The Nations League will push back qualifying for the 2020 European Championship, which will be played throughout 2019.

League A playoffs likely will look unusual, filled by League B losers because most top-tier teams will qualify automatically in 2019.

Scotland, who are still without a new manager, will play in League C and were drawn into a three-team Group One.

Four more places at the finals will be awarded to play-off winners.

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