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Euro 2020 Finals: Who has qualified, who are the top seeds and which teams are in the play-offs

Group games are over as the European heavyweights prepare for the big stage

Gareth Southgate's England will be one of the top seeds and among the favourites for Euro 2020 next summer. PA
Gareth Southgate's England will be one of the top seeds and among the favourites for Euro 2020 next summer. PA

The last round of group games in qualifying for Euro 2020 saw Wales join England in booking a place at the finals.

The European powerhouses Germany, Italy, France and Spain will all have big chances of lifting the trophy, while the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland will contest the play-offs in March before knowing if they will be at the big event.

England are among the six top seeds for the draw on November 30, but defending champions Portugal and world champions France have missed out. Here are the seeds, the qualifiers, and those heading for the nail-biting play-offs.

TOP SEEDS

ENGLAND

Gareth Southgate's side may have suffered their first qualifying defeat in 10 years at the hands of the Czech Republic, but they won their other seven games and finished with a goal difference of 31 to win Group A and a seeded place in the draw on November 30.

BELGIUM

Belgium and Russia qualified comfortably from Group I, with Roberto Martinez's Belgium side sealing top spot with an impressive 4-1 win in St Petersburg and making it 10 wins out of 10 with a 6-1 thrashing of Cyprus.

SPAIN

Robert Moreno oversaw the latter stages of an unbeaten qualifying campaign which ended with a 5-0 win over Romania, but Luis Enrique was immediately re-appointed as manager five months after stepping down for personal reasons.

ITALY

Italy rounded off their qualifying campaign in some style with a 9-1 thrashing of Armenia. Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini took charge of the national team following their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and led them to 10 wins from 10 in qualifying.

GERMANY

Germany and the Netherlands both sealed qualification from Group C on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Belarus and 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland respectively. Germany ended up being seeded thanks to Holland dropping points and Joachim Low's side ended their campaign by beating Northern Ireland 6-1.

UKRAINE

The surprise among the top seeds, Ukraine finished top of Group B ahead of Portugal and beat the reigning European champions in a key fixture in Kiev in October following a 0-0 draw in the opening group game in Lisbon.

Other qualifiers: Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales.

THE PLAY-OFFS

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Friday, November 22, with the 16 teams in the draw split into four paths.

Each path contains four teams, with their rankings determined by their performance in the Uefa Nations League.

Each path will be divided into two single-leg semi-finals. There the best-ranked team will host the worst-ranked team and the team ranked second will host the team ranked third. The winner of each semi-final will contest a final.

At the draw it will also be determined which semi-final winner plays the final at home. The winners of each of the four play-off finals will join the 20 teams who have qualified automatically.

Based on each team's ranking, this is how the paths are looking:

Path A: Iceland, Bulgaria/Israel/Hungary/Romania*

Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Republic of Ireland

Path C: Scotland v Bulgaria, Norway v Serbia

Path D: Georgia v Belarus, North Macedonia v Kosovo

*A draw will decide which of Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary or Romania would fill the empty slot in Path C, and which three would go into Path A.

Updated: November 20, 2019 09:50 AM

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