How is it looking for the Home Nations?


Another round of European Championship qualifiers are done and dusted and there is still work to be done for the Home Nations.

Six more nations booked their places at Euro 2020, with Spain, Italy, Ukraine Poland, Belgium and Russia all getting the job done over the last couple of weeks.

However, for others, including England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland, there is still work to be done.

England are all-but there but is fair to say there will be a tinge of disappointment that it is not confirmed already and also plenty of frustration with the performance during a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in Prague.

They bounced back with an emphatic 6-0 drubbing of Bulgaria and now just need a point at home to Montenegro next month to qualify. They could even afford to lose if Kosovo also lose to the Czechs on the same night.

Northern Ireland slipped out of the top two in Group C following defeat against the Netherlands and the play-offs now look to be their best chance of qualification.

The Dutch, who Michael O’Neill’s side host next, just need a point in Belfast to qualify and look set to be joined by Germany if they beat Belarus.

Wales could have done with a win against either Slovakia or Croatia, but a couple of draws means they are still in with a chance of making it through Group E.

All such hope will come crashing down if they lose in Azerbaijan on November 16. They wrap up the group against Hungary, which could be another do-or-die encounter.

Scotland have no chance of making it through Group I after losing 4-0 to Russia but thanks to the Nations League, are guaranteed a play-off place.

The Republic of Ireland missed a great chance to secure their spot after losing 2-0 in Switzerland on Tuesday night but they know that victory over Denmark on November 19 will get the job done.

Elsewhere in the other groups, there is still work to be done for defending champions Portugal and current World Cup holders France going into the remaining games.

Portugal sit second in Group B, one point ahead of Serbia, but have played a game less so remain favourites to go through alongside Ukraine.

Group H is still up for grabs, with France sitting in second level on points with leaders Turkey, while Iceland are three points behind in third.