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U21s to play Auld Enemy

England U21s to face Netherlands, Ukraine, Scotland, Latvia and Andorra in qualifying

Thursday 26 Jan 2017

England Under-21s will face opposition from neighbours Scotland when qualifying for the European Championship of 2019 gets underway later this year.

The draw for the qualifying round was made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon on Thursday morning, with a record 54 nations involved.

UEFA European U21 Championship
  • Qualifying Round draw
  • Thursday 26 January 2017
  • Nyon, Switzerland

 And the Young Lions were drawn out in Group 4, where they were also joined by Netherlands, Ukraine, Latvia and Andorra as the bid to qualify for the finals in Italy and San Marino in the summer of 2019 begins.

Fixture dates for the group will be confirmed in due course, with dates for the new qualifying stage set for March and June.

However, with England having reached this summer’s Euro Finals in Poland, they won’t begin the new campaign until September.

England's record in qualifying for the U21 Euro has been impressive, with the Young Lions reaching the last six Finals, the only nation to have done so.

The last time England played Scotland at U21 level came back in 2013, when Roy Hodgson took charge at Bramall Lane in a 6-0 win thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey and Tom Carroll.

The draw

Group 1: Czech Republic*, Croatia, Greece, Moldova, Belarus, San Marino

Group 2: Spain*, Slovakia*, Iceland, Albania, Estonia, Northern Ireland

Group 3: Denmark*, Poland*, Finland, Georgia, Lithuania, Faroe Islands

Group 4: England*, Netherlands, Ukraine, Scotland, Latvia, Andorra

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Group 5: Germany*, Israel, Norway, Republic of Ireland, Azerbaijan, Kosovo

Group 6: Sweden*, Belgium, Turkey, Hungary, Cyprus, Malta

Group 7: Serbia*, Austria, Russia, FYR Macedonia*, Armenia, Gibraltar

Group 8: Portugal*, Switzerland, Romania, Wales, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein

Group 9: France, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg

* Qualified for the 2017 Euro Finals

By Nicholas Veevers