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What Nations League relegation means for England

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England were relegated from League A of the Nations League on Friday night after losing 1-0 to Italy at San Siro.Gareth Southgate’s side are now certain to finish bottom of Group A3, despite having one game to go – hosting Germany at Wembley on Monday.Here, the PA news agency looks at what relegation could mean to the England national team in the next year or so.Southgate has always lauded the Nations League for replacing uncompetitive friendlies with fixtures against Europe’s elite nations.

Since the first edition, England have been drawn in groups alongside Spain, Croatia, Belgium, Denmark and Iceland, before landing Italy, Hungary and Germany in the current competition.

The standard of opposition could now potentially drop off significantly, with the likes of Kazakhstan, Georgia and Albania possibilities in England’s group – not ideal preparation between major tournaments.England topped their group back in 2019, fending off Spain and Croatia to reach the finals in Portugal.

There, they lost to Holland after extra time in the semi-finals before beating Switzerland on penalties to seal third place.

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