England will face Finland, Republic of Ireland and Greece in the first round of the 2024/25 Nations League.
The draw was made in Paris on Thursday.
World Cup runners-up France, European champions Italy and Belgium will face off in the 2024-25
UEFA Nations League, while holders Spain will be favourites to win a group comprising Denmark, Switzerland and Serbia.
Israel were the fourth team drawn in Group A2 on Thursday alongside Didier Deschamps’ France following
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“By the way it’s set up in League A, the best teams are there, so there will inevitably be these big matches,” said Deschamps, who coached France to victory in the second edition of the competition in 2021.
Croatia, who lost last year’s final to Spain on penalties, are in Group A3 with former winners Portugal, Poland and Scotland. Euro 2024 hosts Germany meet the Netherlands in Group A3 along with Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
England will play the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Greece after Gareth Southgate’s team were relegated to League B. They avoided being grouped with Kazakhstan because of UEFA rules pertaining to excessive travel conditions.
“There’s some teams we haven’t played for a while, there’s going to be some difficult games for us,” said Southgate. “I think everybody in England will think it was a big disappointment to drop down to League B but you still have difficult games. Obviously our objective will be to win the group to try to get back up into League A again.”