Who England could face in the last 16 and beyond at Euro 2020

Things now much clearer for England as they prepare for their final Group D game at Euro 2020, when they face the Czech Republic at Wembley. They are definitely in the last 16.

By Tony Gillan
Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 2:03 pm

On Friday Gareth Southgate’s side slugged out a dour goalless draw against a well-organised Scotland side, who created more chances but couldn’t quite get past Jordan Pickford.

England’s first game against Croatia wasn’t too pretty either, but it did produce a crucial 1-0 win. England now kick off against the Czechs at Wembley at 8pm on Tuesday, June 22. Only England or the Czech Republic can win the group.

If England win, they will finish top of the group. Draw and they finish second behind the Czechs. Even if they lose they could still finish second if Scotland draw their final game against Croatia.

Scotland's Leigh Griffiths scores a free kick during their last game against England; a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park in 2017. PA image.

England can finish no lower than third and are through. Only two of the six nations finishing third in groups A-E will go out; and they can’t now be one of those two.

The Scots kick off at the same time as the English and must win, otherwise they will finish bottom and be eliminated. If they beat Croatia, they are through.

Many pundits think England would be better off finishing second in Group D as the winners face a tough last-16 tie against the runners-up in Group F. That would be one of world champions France, European champions Portugal, six-times Euro finalists Germany or Hungary, at 5pm on Tuesday, June 29 at Wembley.

If they win that and they would play a quarter-final at 8pm, Saturday, July 3 in (Rome) leading to a possible semi-final 8pm, Tuesday on July 7 (Wembley).

Should England finish second in Group D, they would then play against the runners-up in Group E (Spain / Sweden / Poland / Slovakia) 5pm on Monday, June 28 (in Copenhagen).

Should they win that they would then play a quarter-final at 5pm on Friday, July 2 in (in St Petersburg) leading to a possible semi-final at 8pm, Tuesday, July 6 (Wembley).

Should England finish third, they could still face the Group E (Spain / Sweden / Poland / Slovakia) winners 8pm, Tuesday, June 29 (Hampden). Win that and they would play a quarter-final at 8pm, Saturday, July 3 (Rome) leading to a possible semi-final at 8pm, Tuesday, July 7 (Wembley).

A third place finish could also see an England-Netherlands fixture, 5pm Sunday, June 27 in Budapest. The winners would play Wales or Denmark in the last eight in Baku, pm Saturday. July 3.

The final is at Wembley at 8pm on Sunday, July 11.

All Euro 2020 matches are televised live on either BBC or ITV.

The odds on England winning the tournament outright have now lengthened slightly after their solid but uninspiring start. The bookies now make them 8/1 fifth favourites. They were previously 6/1. France are favourites at 7/2. Italy and Germany are 6/1 with Belgium at 13/2.

Odds as long as 250/1 are now available for Scotland. But Wales are the only one of the three home nations definitely in the last 16 have and have dropped from 200/1 to 80/1. They now face Group B runners-up Denmark on Saturday at 5pm in Amsterdam.

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