Take a closer look at who England will be facing at UEFA EURO 2020 next summer

Saturday 30 Nov 2019
Gareth Southgate along with fellow Group D coaches Zlatko Dalic of Croatia and Jaroslav Silhavy of Czech Republic
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There was a degree of familiarity between England boss Gareth Southgate and his rival Group D coaches, following Saturday's draw for UEFA EURO 2020.

The Three Lions were pulled out alongside Croatia and Czech Republic, with one of Scotland, Israel, Norway or Serbia completing the quartet once the play-offs are concluded next March.

And with all three of England's group games being staged at Wembley next summer, we don't have far to look back in the archive to find some previous meetings.

Croatia were the visitors in the Nations League just over a year ago and Czech Republic provided the opposition for our opening Euro Qualifier in March, a 5-0 win before they won the return fixture in Prague earlier this term.

Southgate and his squad will have to wait a few months to discover their third opponent though, with the play-offs taking place in March.

On Thursday 26 March 2020, Scotland take on Israel and Norway face Serbia to decide who reaches the play-off final, with the winners of those games meeting on Tuesday 31 March to decide who reaches the Finals.

Find out more about both nations and their Euro Qualifying campaign to reach EURO 2020, along with those previous meetings, below...

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Czech Republic
Coach: Jaroslav Silhavy
Qualified from: Second in Group A
Qualifying top scorer: Patrik Schick (4)
UEFA EURO best: winners (1976, as Czechoslovakia)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage
Last encounter: Czech Republic 2-1 England, October 2019, Prague


Croatia

Coach: Zlatko Dalic
Qualified from: Top in Group E
Qualifying top scorer: Bruno Petković (4)
UEFA EURO best: quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
UEFA EURO 2016: round of 16, lost 1-0 aet to Portugal
Last encounter: England 2-1 Croatia, November 2018, Wembley Stadium

By Nicholas Veevers