England draw Belgium, Portugal get France in UEFA Nations League

Anthony Njoku
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England can look forward to facing the world’s top-ranked side Belgium in the next Uefa Nations League later this year, but for now manager Gareth Southgate’s chief concerns surround the coronavirus outbreak and the fitness of forward duo Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford going into Euro 2020

Those matches will be played from September to November, with the four-team finals set for June 2021

“We enjoyed the competition last time, and the quality of the fixtures again shows how exciting this could be,” Southgate said after the draw ceremony in Amsterdam

England played Belgium twice at the 2018 World Cup, in the group stage and the third-place play-off, and lost both matches They are also due to host Denmark at Wembley in a friendly on March 31

However, there are currently worries that the scheduled March 27 clash with Italy might be postponed or played behind closed doors if required to contain the coronavirus outbreak which has already caused the postponement of numerous sporting events worldwide

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