England could be set for a date in Dublin at Euro 2020
Gareth Southgate’s side will play at the Aviva Stadium in the last-16 if they top their group
England could be playing in Dublin at Euro 2020. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA
England could be on course for a date in Dublin, after they confirmed their place at Euro 2020 with a 7-0 win over Montenegro at Wembley on Thursday night.
Gareth Southgate’s side have qualified top of Group A, which means they will return to Wembley for each of their opening three pool matches at Euro 2020.
Although the full draw does not take place until the end of November, England are set to be in Group D.
For the first time in the competition’s history, the finals are being held across Europe.
Wembley will also host a game in the last-16, as well as both semi-finals and the final.
England, though, face at least some matches away from London, should they make it to the knock-out stage.
If Southgate’s men progress as group winners, they could play in Dublin and then on to a quarter-final trip to Rome.
Should they end runners-up, then plot a course for Copenhagen and St Petersburg, while a best third-place finish could see England head to Glasgow or perhaps Budapest in the last 16.
The Euro 2020 finals draw will take place on November 30th in Bucharest, Romania, with the play-offs for the remaining four slots set for late March 2020.
England will be expecting to be in the pot for the top seeds, which is determined by performance during the qualification campaign.
The best six nations will be ranked on points — although not against the lowest team in the groups — and goal difference, so another win in England’s final qualifying match away to Kosovo would provide a welcome boost.
There could, though, be some heavyweights in the second pot, including Euro 2016 winners Portugal, who are behind Ukraine in their qualifying group, and possibly France if the world champions fail to finish ahead of Turkey.