England and Wales get tough Nations League draws

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A view of the UEFA Nations League logo during the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 League Phase Draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on December 16, 2021, in Nyon, Switzerland.

England will face Italy, who beat them in the Euro 2020 final, and Germany in the group stage of the 2022-23 Nations League, while Wales have been drawn with Belgium and the Netherlands.

Gareth Southgate's side are in Group A3, which also includes Hungary, while Wales are in Group A4, which is completed by Poland.

Scotland face the Republic of Ireland, Armenia and Ukraine in Group B1.

Northern Ireland are in Group C2 for the tournament, which begins on 2 June.

Ian Baraclough's side will play Greece, Kosovo and one of Cyprus or Estonia, who must first meet in a play-off next March to determine who goes into the group.

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A view of the UEFA Nations League logo during the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 League Phase Draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on December 16, 2021, in Nyon, Switzerland.

Defending champions France are in Group A1 with Denmark, Austria and Croatia, while neighbours Portugal and Spain have been drawn together in Group A2 with the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Each team will first play four group game from 2 to 14 June, then a final two games from 22 to 27 September 2022.

The four group winners from the top division - League A - will play in the finals in June 2023.

The teams who win each group in the lower three divisions win promotion, with most of the teams who finish bottom getting relegated.

England lost on penalties to Italy in the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley in July.

However, crowd trouble at that game means the Three Lions' first home game in the Nations League will be played behind closed doors after European football's governing body Uefa sanctioned the Football Association over the disorder.

Wales are playing in the top division of the tournament for the first time after they were promoted in the last edition.

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE 2022-23 DRAW

Group A1: France, Denmark, Croatia, Austria

Group A2: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic

Group A3: Italy, Germany, England, Hungary

Group A4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales

Group B1: Ukraine, Scotland, Ireland, Armenia

Group B2: Iceland, Russia, Israel, Albania

Group B3: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Finland, Romania, Montenegro

Group B4: Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia

Group C1: Turkey, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Faroe Islands

Group C2: Northern Ireland, Greece, Kosovo, Cyprus/Estonia

Group C3: Slovakia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan/Moldova

Group C4: Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar

Group D1: Latvia, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan/Moldova

Group D2: San Marino, Malta, Cyprus/Estonia.

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