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ENGLAND formally did not qualify for the Nations League finals after slumping to a 2-0 loss to Belgium on Sunday.
The Three Lions had hoped to make it back-to-back appearances on the finals after collaborating within the 2019 showpiece.
England formally did not qualify for the Nations League after dropping 2-0 to Belgium on SundayCredit score: Reuters
That yr, Gareth Southgate and Co misplaced to Holland within the semi-finals, with Portugal beating the Dutchmen within the closing.
England completed third after beating Switzerland within the playoff match.
Are England out of the Nations League finals?
Sure, the dream is over. Southgate’s aspect will not be in subsequent yr’s finals after latest losses to Belgium and Denmark.
Whereas the Three Lions will not be showing in subsequent October’s mini-tournament, there are nonetheless a lot of groups who can nonetheless qualify.
We check out who’s already in, who’s out and who’s been relegated to League B, however first…
What’s the Nations League format now?
Portugal are the reigning Nations League championsCredit score: Alamy Reside Information
THE Nations League is at present cut up into 4 tiers – Leagues A, B, C and D.
Europe’s elite go into League A, with the divisions getting step by step weaker till you attain League D, that includes the likes of San Marino and Liechtenstein.
Right here, we’ll concentrate on League A and the permutations.
League A is cut up into 4 teams, with the 16 groups initially cut up into 4 pots of seeds based mostly on their world rating.
One workforce from every pot of seeds are drawn into 4 teams; A1, A2, A3 and A4.
In every group, it is pretty easy: the workforce ending high advances to the finals and the workforce in final place get relegated to League B.
Second and third in every group fail to advance to the finals however keep their League A standing.
World champions France certified for the finals with a win in opposition to Portugal on Saturday whereas Spain hammered Germany on Tuesday night time to progress.
This is how the remaining two teams are poised.
How Group A1 appears to be like forward of the ultimate spherical of video games
Groups: Italy, Holland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Already certified: None
Who can nonetheless qualify for finals: Italy, Holland, Poland
Relegated to Group B: Bosnia and Herzegovina
THERE’S nonetheless every little thing to play for in group A1 going into the ultimate spherical of fixtures.
Bosnia and Herzegovina are formally relegated – however the different THREE groups can nonetheless qualify for the finals.
Italy sit high on 9 factors and are favourites to qualify, taking over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday.
Holland are at present second on eight factors with Poland on seven.
They go head-to-head on Wednesday nonetheless hoping Italy drop factors.
Ought to Italy lose, whoever wins between Holland and Poland will attain the finals.
A draw can be sufficient for Italy if Poland win – due to the Italians boasting the higher head-to-head report due to Sunday’s 2-0 win.
However a draw for Italy and a Holland win would imply the Dutch progress.
Ought to Italy win, they qualify whatever the Poland vs Holland recreation.
How Group A2 appears to be like forward of the ultimate spherical of video games
Groups: Belgium, Denmark, England, Iceland
Already certified: None
Who can nonetheless qualify for finals: Belgium, Denmark
Relegated to Group B: Iceland
AS everyone knows, England are actually out of rivalry after dropping to Belgium.
With one recreation to go, Belgium have 12 factors, Denmark have ten, England have seven, whereas Iceland – formally relegated – have failed to select up a single level.
England host Iceland whereas Denmark journey to Belgium for the ultimate spherical of fixtures, that means the situation is straightforward.
England vs Iceland is a dead-rubber.
Whatever the end result, Iceland will nonetheless be relegated and England cannot progress.
A draw between Belgium and Denmark will see Kevin De Bruyne and Co attain the finals.
A Belgium win will see them by, too.
However a win for Denmark will make sure the Danes attain the ultimate 4 subsequent yr.