Along with England, Group D consists of Croatia, Scotland,Czech Republic with their games set to be played in two UEFA Euro 2020 host cities. The most glorious 24-team tournament, which was being held across Europe to mark UEFA’s 60th anniversary, will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021. The tournament’s opening game will see Joachim Low’s side host Turkey in Rome on 12 June.
Initially, Munich, Rome, St Petersburg and Baku will host quarter-finals as well as group-stage clashes, while Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Dublin, Bilbao, Glasgow and Budapest are the other venues, staging group-stage and last-16 encounters. Here’s how teams in Group D booked their spot in the finals and everything you need to know before the EURO league final.
England (Group A winners)
Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions celebrated their 1,000th game in style as they booked their place in Euro 2020, thrashingMontenegro 7-0 to top Group A. Captain Harry Kane moved to sixth in England’s list of leading scorers as a first-half hat-trick took his tally to 31, overhauling Frank Lampard, Alan Shearer, Nat Lofthouse and Tom Finney.
Czech Republic (Group A runners-up)
Along with Group A winners England, Czech Republic joined them in qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals after winning against Kosovo 2-1. The Czechs, who halted England’s automatic qualification and have them faced their first defeat in a qualifying game in 10 years, fought back from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1 in Plzen and move four points clear of their third-placed opponents.
Croatia (Group E winners)
Croatia qualified for Euro 2020 after second-half goals from Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic and Ivan Perisic inspired a comeback 3-1 home win over Slovakia in a Group E qualifier last year. The 2018 World Cup finalists wrapped up their qualifying campaign on top of the Group E table, finishing 17 points from eight games as they completed their campaign.
Scotland (Play-off winner)
Scotland, who have never reached any major tournament since 1998 World Cup, will join Croatia, Czech Republic, England in Group D, set to played in Glasgow and London following the 5-4 penalty shootout win over Serbia. Ryan Christie struck in the 52rd minute, before Luka Jovic headed in an injury-time equalizer to take the match to extra time. Mitrovic had his spot-kick saved by David Marshall.
Hampden Park, Glasgow (Scotland)
The Hampden Stadium staged the first ever international football game: Scotland 0-0 England, 1872. Hampden was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000. The world’s biggest stadium from 1908–50, Hampden Park held a record attendance of 149,415 for a 1937 Scotland v England match. Hampden Park is home to the Scottish national team.
Wembley Stadium, London (England)
The UK’s largest stadium and home to the English Football Association, Wembley Stadium is the centrepiece of the Euro 2020 finals where vital matches will be held in this stadium. The old ‘Empire Stadium’ officially opened in 1924 and has welcomed over 21 million visitors since reopening in 2007. Wembley Stadium is owned by the governing body of English football, the Football Association (FA).
June 13: England vs Croatia (London)
June 14: Scotland vs Czech Republic (Glasgow)
June 18: Croatia vs Czech Republic (Glasgow), England vsScotland (London)
June 22: Czech Republic vs England (London), Croatia vsScotland (Glasgow)
June 26: 1A vs 2C (Round of 16, London)
July 6: Winner QF2 vs Winner QF1 (Semi-final, London)
July 7: Winner QF4 vs Winner QF3 (Semi-final, London)
July 11: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 (Final, London)
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