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2020-21 UEFA Nations League draw announced

The UEFA’s Nation League announced their draw for the second edition of the tournament on March 3 in Amsterdam.

With 55 associations as part of UEFA, they are split into four Leagues based on their position in the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings. Sixteen nations will be competing in Leagues A through C while only seven compete in League D.

There are some intriguing matchups in the group stage for the competition, specifically for those who are in League A. 

For Group 1, the Netherlands, who finished as the runners-up in the inaugural edition, face off against Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Poland. 

In Group 2, England will face off against Belgium, who they lost to in the 2018 FIFA World Cup third-place match, Denmark, and Iceland, the surprise of the 2016 European Championship.

Group 3 consists of a rematch of the 2016 European Championship final as Portugal, who won the UEFA Nations League last year, battle France, the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions. Sweden and  Croatia, the runners-up in the 2018 FIFA World Cup are also in the group.

Rounding off League A, Group 4 contains Spain, Germany, Switzerland, who finished fourth in the competition last year, and Ukraine. 

The league phase was set to begin in early September, However due to the corona virus outbreak no dates are now known, If this edition is anything like the inaugural one, football fans are in for a treat.

League B is where we find the other Home Nations with Wales and the Republic of Ireland drawn together in Group 4 alongside Finland and Bulgaria.  Northern Ireland are in Group 1 alongside Austria, Norway and Romania. Scotland meanwhile will face Czech Republic, Slovakia and Israel. The remaining Group contains Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Hungary.

 

 

Could​ Wolves swoop for this England International?

After promotion to the Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been making big noises in the transfer market after the signing of Portugal international Rui Patricio. The club with the envy of many Championship teams last season as they were able to attract high profile players such as Ruben Neves and Leo Bonatini to name a couple, and went onto win the league title. Now in the big time, they will be looking to improve on their already talented playing squad to ensure they are playing in English footballs top flight for many years to come.

With this in mind, the club is linked with England international Jack Wilshere.

The Sun is reporting that Wolves are one of a number of clubs who are linked with the midfielder. Since announcing he is going to leave Arsenal the other week, there has been plenty of speculation as to where he will be playing his football next season with West Ham one of the early front-runners for Wilshere, but reports in the Daily Star today suggest there is a stumbling block as the ‘Hammers’ are only willing to offer him a one-year deal.

If Wilshere isn’t willing to sign a one-year contract with West Ham, then Wolves should look to advantage and make a swoop for him. Despite the club already blessed in the midfield with the likes of Ruben Neves and Romain Saiss, having a creative midfielder with Premier League experience could prove crucial next season.

Wolves fans would you like to see Jack Wilshere at Molineux next season? Let us know in the comments section…