What the UEFA Nations League finals will look like in 2021 as France and Spain qualify with England OUT

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ENGLAND officially failed to advance to the Nations League finals after losing 2-0 to Belgium on Sunday.

The Three Lions had hoped to make back-to-back finals appearances after making the 2019 showpiece.

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England officially failed to qualify for the Nations League after losing 2-0 to Belgium on SundayCredit: Reuters

That year, Gareth Southgate and Co lost to Holland in the semifinals, with Portugal beating the Dutch in the final.

England finished third after beating Switzerland in the playoff game.

But they won’t make it to next year’s finals after recent losses to Belgium and Denmark.

Although the Three Lions will not appear at next October’s mini-tournament, there are still a number of teams that can still qualify.

We look at who has already entered, who is absent and who has been relegated to League B, but first …

WHAT IS THE FORMAT?

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Portugal are the reigning Nations League championsCrédit: Alamy Live News

The Nations League is currently divided into four levels: Leagues A, B, C and D.

The European elite enters League A, with the divisions gradually weakening until you reach League D, with players like San Marino and Liechtenstein.

Here we will focus on League A and permutations.

League A is divided into four groups, with the 16 teams initially divided into four seed pots based on their world rankings.

One team from each seed pot is divided into four groups; A1, A2, A3 and A4.

In each group, it’s quite simple: the team that finishes first goes to the final and the team in last place is relegated to League B.

The runner-up and runner-up in each group fail to qualify for the final but retain their League A status.

World champions France advanced to the final with a victory over Portugal on Saturday, while Spain hammered Germany on Tuesday night to progress.

Here is how the two remaining groups are prepared.

GROUP A1

How Group A1 sees the final phase of matches
How Group A1 sees the final phase of matches

The teams: Italy, Holland, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Already qualified: No

Who can still qualify for the finals: Italy, Holland, Poland

Relegated to group B: Bosnia Herzegovina

There is still everything to play in Group A1 before the final round of matches.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is officially relegated – but the other THREE teams can still qualify for the finals.

Italy lead with nine points and are favorites to qualify, against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday.

Holland are currently second with eight points with Poland with seven.

They face each other on Wednesday in the still hope of losing points by Italy.

If Italy loses, whoever wins between Holland and Poland will reach the final.

A draw will suffice for Italy if Poland win – thanks to the Italians posting the best head-to-head record thanks to Sunday’s 2-0 victory.

But a draw for Italy and a win in the Netherlands would mean progress for the Netherlands.

If Italy wins, it qualifies regardless of the Poland vs Holland game.

GROUP A2

How group A2 sees the final round of matches
How group A2 sees the final round of matches

The teams: Belgium, Denmark, England, Iceland

Already qualified: No

Who can still qualify for the finals: Belgium, Denmark

Relegated to group B: Iceland

As we all know, England are no longer contested after their defeat to Belgium.

With one game to go, Belgium have 12 points, Denmark have ten, England have seven, while Iceland – officially relegated – failed to pick up a single point.

England host Iceland while Denmark travel to Belgium for the final round of matches, which means the scenario is straightforward.

England against Iceland is a dead rubber.

Whatever the outcome, Iceland will always be relegated and England cannot progress.

A draw between Belgium and Denmark will see Kevin De Bruyne and Co reach the final.

A victory for Belgium will also see them.

But a victory for Denmark will see the Danes reach the four finalists next year.

England manager Gareth Southgate, 50, secretly battled the coronavirus last month with no wiser players



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