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Nations League 2024-25 draw: England to play Republic of Ireland in Group B

England and the Republic of Ireland have been paired together in Group B2 of the 2024-25 Nations League.

They have not played each other in a competitive match since 1991, but have played three friendly matches since 2013.

The two nations will also face Finland and Greece during the initial stage of the tournament, which will get underway in September this year.

England — who most recently defeated the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a Wembley friendly in November 2020 — were relegated from League A in September 2022.

England have not faced Finland since a 2-1 victory in a World Cup qualifier in March 2001, while they last played Greece in a friendly in August 2006.

Scotland will play in League A for the first time following their promotion and will take on Croatia, Poland and 2019 champions Portugal in Group A1.

Wales were in League B, and were drawn alongside Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey in Group B4.

Northern Ireland have been placed in Group C3 with Luxembourg, Belarus and Bulgaria.

Nations League holders Spain, who won the tournament in 2023, will play Denmark, Switzerland and Serbia in Group A4.


Spain are Nations League holders after defeat Croatia in June 2023’s final (Stuart Franklin – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Nations League 2024-25 draw in full

League A

Group A1: Croatia, Portugal, Poland, Scotland
Group A2: Italy, Belgium, France, Israel
Group A3: Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Group A4: Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Serbia

League B

Group B1: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Albania, Georgia.
Group B2: England, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Greece.
Group B3: Austria, Norway, Slovenia, Kazakhstan.
Group B4: Wales, Iceland, Montenegro, Turkey.

League C

Group C1: Sweden, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Estonia
Group C2: Romania, Kosovo, Cyprus, Gibraltar/Lithuania*
Group C3: Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Northern Ireland, Belarus
Group C4: Armenia, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Latvia

League D

Group D1: Lithuania/Gibraltar*, San Marino, Liechtenstein
Group D2: Moldova, Malta, Andorra

*Lithuania will play Gibraltar in a play-off to decide final league placings.

Nations League 2024-25 key dates

Matchday 1: September 5-7 2024
Matchday 2: September 8-10 2024
Matchday 3: October 10-12 2024
Matchday 4: October 13-15 2024
Matchday 5: November 14-16 2024
Matchday 6: November 17-19 2024
Knockout round play-off draw: November 2024
Knockout round play-offs: March 20-25 2025
League A quarter-finals: March 20-25 2025
Final tournament: June 4-8 2025

(ANP via Getty Images)



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