Euro Cup Round of 16 – When is the Euro 2020 draw? Date, time, format and qualified teams for the tournament

England will be looking to tie up their Euro Cup Round of 16 and Euro 2020 spot when they face Montenegro. Should they earn at least 1 point against The Brave Falcons, they will be considered for the draw ahead of next summer’s Euro 2020. Football fans can book  Euro Cup Round of 16 Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

But this will be no ordinary draw of Euro Cup Round of 16 and Euro 2020, with host teams being assigned to the groups that will be played in their own country.

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Euro Cup Round of 16 – The draw will take place on Saturday, November 30 at Romexpo in Romania

When is the Euro Cup Round of 16 and Euro 2020 draw?

The draw for Euro Cup Round of 16 and Euro Cup 2020 will take place on Saturday, November 30 at Romexpo in Romania. It will start at 5 pm according to UK time that is 7 pm in Bucharest. This will be held former to the play-offs taking place, therefore they will be identified as play-off winners 1 to 4.

What is the format of the Euro Cup Round of 16 and Euro 2020?

Every team will be rated according to their Euro 2020 qualifying results to fix their pots, with the 4 playoff spots going into Pot 4.Teams that have qualified and are 1 of the 12 hosts will automatically be placed in the group designated to those venues.

For example, if England qualifies they will be playing at Wembley next summer? Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices. Should a host team still be able to qualify through the play-offs, they will also be provisionally designated to that group, like Scotland.

This could spring up 2 teams in the same playoff pathway, which would be rectified by allying a 2nd  path to the same groups.

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Euro Cup Round of 16 – Teams that have qualified and are 1 of the 12 hosts will be placed in the group designated to those venues.

For example, if Group A and D hosts are in Path 1, it will be paired with Path 2, so the host city of Path 1’s failure will be assigned to Path 2.There are also 5 pairs of teams that will avoid each other as prohibited clashes for political reasons should they both qualify, including:

Armenia and Azerbaijan

Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kosovo and Russia

Kosovo and Serbia

Russia and Ukraine

Like with having 2 host teams in the same playoff path, this also goes for if there is a prohibited clash that could occur. If a play-off side could be drawn into a group that includes a host team they are prohibited from facing, the path would be paired with another to ensure this possibility can be avoided.

Yet, if the groups are unable to be finalized after the play-offs, another draw for the Euro Cup Round of 16 and Euro 2020 will be held on April 1, 2020.

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Euro Cup Round of 16 – If the groups are unable to be finalized after the play-offs, another draw will be held on April 1, 2020

What teams have already qualified?

Teams that have already qualified for the Euro 2020 are given below:

Belgium

Italy

Russia

Poland

Ukraine

Spain

Who is in the playoffs?

The playoffs will see 16 teams that have not qualified directly but ranked highly enough through the Nations League face off in four separate pathways. Each group of 4 teams will play out semi-finals and a final to determine who earns the right to a place in next summer’s Euro 2020.

The teams that will play in the playoffs are:

Scotland

Georgia

Belarus

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Chances of Wales to play Euro 2020 – Can Wales qualify for Euro 2020?

With two games left, the EURO 2020 qualifying groups are really heating up. The time has come for Wales’s manager Ryan Giggs to show the world what he’s made of and lead his squad into second place in Group E. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Wales Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Chances of Wales to play Euro 2020 - Can Wales qualify for Euro 2020?
Chances of Wales to play Euro 2020

The Dragons are four points behind second-placed Hungary and two points behind third-place Slovakia. It’ll be tough to overturn the deficit in only two games, but with an away tie to lowly Azerbaijan followed by a key clash at home to Hungary, Wales’ prospects are better than they seem.

First up is the game against Azerbaijan, who lie bottom of the group with a single point from six games. Despite their less than stellar record, the Dragons have a handful of great players in their ranks, including Dynamo Moscow striker Ramil Sheydayev and defender Tamkin Khalilzade, currently plying his trade with Oleksandriya in the Ukranian top flight.

Still, Wales should sweep Azerbaijan aside if they can only keep focussed. The main problem presented by the fixture will be traveling, with Wales returning from the furthest reaches of Europe only a couple of days before that decisive showdown with Hungary.

The Hungary game is fraught with danger. Wales’s game in hand over their opponents grants them the perfect opportunity to make up their points deficit but allows the Hungarians a crucial advantage for the final showdown. While the Welsh squad battles it out in Baku, Hungary will doubtless be lounging in the hotel after a light training session.

Wales lost the away tie there back in June, but it was a narrow affair in which Giggs’ side had their fair share of chances. Wales is, without a doubt, the better team. A strong attacking performance, utilizing the pace and energy of the squad, could overwhelm Hungary, but Wales will need to be firing on all cylinders to ensure victory.

Giggs will need to strike the perfect balance when it comes to these games. Ideally, he needs to rest as many key players as possible for the Azerbaijan fixture, keeping them fresh for the infinitely more challenging tie against Hungary. Azerbaijan is, in theory, easy pickings, but that’s what Scotland thought in March right before Kazakhstan taught them a footballing lesson. The community who love their favorite team they are booking Euro Cup Final Tickets.

The main issue will come in terms of preserving firepower. While it would be unfair to call Wales a one-man-team, they certainly rely heavily on Gareth Bale for goals. With Sam Vokes averaging less than a goal every six games, Wales may need to rely on less internationally experienced players like Daniel James and Kieffer Moore to pick up the slack against Azerbaijan – in order to give the talismanic Real Madrid man breathing space.

Chances of Wales to play Euro 2020 - Can Wales qualify for Euro 2020
Chances of Wales to play Euro 2020 – Can Wales qualify for Euro 2020

Wales should be favorites for both games. Their squad is young, energetic and uniquely not suffering the standard Home Nations homogeny. Bale at Real Madrid, Ramsey at Juventus, as well as Ampadu, Lawrence, and Matondo currently plying their trade in Germany means the usual crew of Premiership and Championship pros are supplemented by continental talent, giving the team a crucial lilt of variety.

After a fantastic performance in Euro 2016, when Wales topped a group including Russia and England before falling to eventual tournament winners Portugal, it would be a shame for the nation not to reach the 2020 edition. The two upcoming games will hardly be easy – but compared to 2016’s quarter-final win over Belgium, they should be a walk in the park.

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Euro 2020 Qualifiers: Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch

Euro 2020 Qualifying stages are quickly reaching its endgame, with the last couple of qualifiers. All set to go down in the next fortnight to decide which team will move ahead to the competition next year. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers - Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch

England’s team has a golden opportunity to end their qualification campaign in style, as a win against Montenegro should be enough to get them through. Furthermore, there’s a new controversy for Gareth Southgate to deal with.

After Raheem and Joe Gomez got in an alleged scuffle at international duty, forcing the 3 Lions to rule out Sterling for the next game, the tensions are high in the squad.

A win is typical to bring parity to things, as England must prove their quality by beating Montenegro, which will make the trip to Kosovo a mere formality for them.

German euro team players are also in search of confirming qualification having had some stumbles in their own qualification process. They’ll look to get maximum points from the remaining set of games while hoping the in-form Netherlands drop points to end their qualification group in the first place.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers - Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch

Dutch are undefeated in their last four qualifiers, but a trip to daunting Northern Ireland will be anything but comfortable.

Of course, even if they lose to the Netherlands, the Green and White Army could still qualify for the playoffs round, but Michael manager Michael O’Neill is not its biggest fan.

Regardless, their game will probably be the biggest of the last round, but there will be a few other nations scampering to make a last-ditch effort at keeping their qualification dreams alive.

Iceland will probably have to be content with a playoffs place as they’re still 4 points behind France and Turkey in Group H. The World Champions take on Moldova and Albania in their remaining matches, but they’ll be hoping Turkey drop points to win the group.

Wales are also in hollow ground and in desperate need of back-to-back wins to even make the playoffs round. Winless in two, they must defeat Azerbaijan and Hungary in their remaining matches and hope Slovakia slip up to even make the playoffs round at this point.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers - Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Germany, England look to consolidate qualification in final stretch

Croatia, on the other hand, needs just one win to attain qualification and should be able to get that done in their next set of fixtures. Fans from all over the world can buy Croatia Euro Cup Tickets online.

Scotland has already progressed into the play-offs round and will be thankful for that. With Andy Robertson, Scott McTominay and Ryan Fraser ruled out of their final qualifiers, defeating Cyprus and Kazakhstan will be difficult but still quite possible.

Spain, Italy, and Belgium have already progressed into the tournament. They’ll probably experiment with some new combinations for the tougher tasks ahead and give chances for the underused players to prove their mark in the last few Euro qualifiers.

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Dublin will benefit to the tune of €106m from hosting 1 Euro Cup Round of 16 and 3 other games

The choice of Dublin to host 4 games in Euro Cup 2020 will be worth around €106m to the city, according to an economic impact survey carried out for Dublin City Council. Football fans can book Republic of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Lansdowne Road will play host to three group games and one Euro Cup Round of 16 games in June 2020, in what will be the biggest sporting event to ever be held in this country. Football fans can book Euro Cup Round of 16 Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro Cup Round of 16 – Dublin will benefit to the tune of €106m from hosting 1 Euro Cup Round of 16 and 3 other games

Between 76,000 and 96,000 extra tourists are expected to visit Ireland during the 2 week period between June 15 and June 30, with the average stay estimated to be around 6 nights. Half of these will be spent outside of Dublin and nurture balanced regional development, according to a statement today announcing the independent economic impact study carried out by EY-DKM for the council.

“UEFA Euro 2020 will also result in the creation of 2,780 full-time jobs before and during the tournament as a result of additional tourism and organization spending,” it said.

The economic impact study likely that for every €1 of public expenditure, the contest will generate €4 of additional revenue for the Exchequer. It also looked at the impact on the economy of hosting the qualifying draw at the Convention Centre Dublin, in December last year, finding that this event generated €2m for the Irish economy.

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Euro Cup Round of 16 – Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, said excitement is quite truly building across Dublin

Up to 600 overseas visitors attended during the off-peak tourism season for that event, it said.

“With an expected global audience of five billion, Dublin’s hosting of UEFA Euro 2020 will represent a unique opportunity to showcase the city and country to the world,” the statement said.

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paul McAuliffe, said excitement is quite truly building across Dublin and Ireland for the football tournament.

“Dublin is world-renowned for being a welcoming destination for tourists,” he said.

“We are extremely proud to be hosting UEFA Euro 2020 and sharing our city with visitors from all over Europe. The anticipated cultural and economic impact of the tournament will leave a long-lasting legacy on our city and beyond.”

Euro Cup Round of 16 - Tourism and Sports Minister Shane Ross said that their is positive effect of hosting the tournament
Euro Cup Round of 16 – Tourism and Sports Minister Shane Ross said that their is positive effect of hosting the tournament

Tourism and Sports Minister Shane Ross said the results of the study show the overwhelmingly positive effect hosting the tournament will have on Dublin, Ireland, and the wider economy.

“It will also serve as a great opportunity to demonstrate Ireland’s credentials to host future sporting events,” he said.

A Local Organisation Structure (LOS) comprising of Dublin City Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Football Association of Ireland and the Aviva Stadium has been working on tournament preparations since winning the bid in September 2014.

To date, more than 1,600 people have applied to volunteer during the tournament with applications received from every county in Ireland and 56 different nationalities. The application process remains open and anyone interested in being part of UEFA EURO 2020 should visit euro2020.com/volunteers.

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Gareth recalls Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers

Gareth Southgate has recalled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, John Stones and Callum Hudson-Odoi for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo. Fans from all over the world can buy England Euro Cup Tickets online.

The England manager has also included Mason Mount, despite concerns over an ankle injury he sustained in Chelsea’s Champions League tie against Ajax, which means that Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish misses out.

Gareth recalls Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England's Euro 2020 qualifiers
Gareth recalls Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers

There is a relief for James Maddison who has been selected by Southgate despite the manager being concerned at the Leicester City midfielder being photographed at a casino the day after he withdrew from the last England squad through illness.

As expected Stones is selected having returned to the Manchester City team of late with Michael Keane missing out. The central defender played poorly in England’s 2-1 defeat away to the Czech Republic and has also recently lost his place at Everton.

Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori and Villa’s Tyrone Mings keen their places as does Ross Barkley which will come as a relief to the midfielder who has not started any of Chelsea’s last five matches.

Despite an apparent return to form there is no place for Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli in the 27-man squad with Southgate also resisting the temptation to include Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Gareth recalls Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England's Euro 2020
Gareth recalls Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England’s Euro 2020

England can seal qualification with at least a draw against Montenegro at Wembley which will also be their 1,000th international.

I wouldn’t hesitate to call him into the squad, here’s Southgate on Grealish’s absence. The competition in that area is high level – they’re all good players, Jack’s a very good player – I worked with him in the under-21s so I know all about him.

“He’s very close, he just has to keep playing the way he is, and if we had issues over the weekend, I wouldn’t hesitate to call him into the squad.”

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Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland’s place still not secure

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has questioned the Euro 2020 qualification structure with his side still not assured of a play-off place for a spot at next summer’s finals. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Northern Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Northern Ireland’s performance in the traditional Euro 2020 qualification process will have no bearing on whether or not they will be in the March play-offs.

Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland's place still not secure
Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland’s place still not secure

Rather, that is decided by the UEFA Nations League rankings and which teams qualify automatically through the normal route.

In theory, O’Neill’s men could have lost every game of their current Group C campaign and still been handed a place in the playoffs, which will have semi-finals and finals to decide the four winners.

The boss has questioned the fairness of that system, although has no issue with the Nations League’s addition to the international football calendar.

“I can understand what Uefa has tried to do, but my preference would be for the third-place team to have some sort of play-off,” he said as he announced his squad for the final two qualifiers against the Netherlands and Germany.

“I think the play-offs will be difficult. You can prepare for the first game but you don’t know who you will meet in the second.

Michael O'Neill questions Euro 2020
Michael O’Neill questions Euro 2020

What Uefa are trying to do is do away with meaningless friendly games, and the Nations League going forward we will stay at League B level and there are four teams now in the league.

The principle of it is good, and I think after this year things will become a little bit clearer for everyone.

And the games we had against Austria and Bosnia were a sharp introduction to international football for Bailey (Peacock-Farrell), Jamal (Lewis), Jordan (Jones) and George (Saville) coming in and playing at that level. And it helped us develop as a team, against playing in a friendly game and players not being available.

So I am not against the Nations League, but we will have played eight games in qualification, and against two of the biggest teams in Europe, and I think we deserve a play-off. To enjoy most exciting matches, grab your Euro Cup Final Tickets.

Whereas some teams have played opposition of a lesser quality than the Nations League and have guaranteed themselves of a play-off. The key is to continue developing the team and to do that you have to play against the better teams.

“But it would have been nice to come into this campaign and know you have a play-off, which some countries did. We beat Belarus home and away but they have a play-off.”

Michael O'Neill questions Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland's
Michael O’Neill questions Euro 2020 play-off structure with Northern Ireland’s

It does seem a matter more of when that if Northern Ireland will land a play-off place.

In theory, it could be confirmed on the first match-day of the upcoming international window. That would happen, on November 14, if Kosovo loses in the Czech Republic AND Serbia slip up at home to Luxembourg while Portugal beat Lithuania.

The second part of that seems unlikely so perhaps the realistic earliest date would be the next day, November 15, if one of the above scenarios comes off AND Romania lost to Sweden.

If it still isn’t secure, it would go to November 16 and would require one of the above scenarios to have occurred AND Austria to win at home to North Macedonia. There are more chances after that but in truth, it’s likely to be done and dusted by then.

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Zinedine Zidane: I want Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid until the end of season

Zinedine Zidane insists he has never quarreled with Gareth Bale and says it is absurd to ask the player to leave Real Madrid in January. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Wales Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Real striker Bale was closely tied to a summer move to China after rumors of a break in his relationship with manager Zidane.

Zinedine Zidane - I want Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid until the end of season
Zinedine Zidane – I want Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid until the end of season

The 30-year-old did not play for the Spanish club last month but was recalled by Wales’s manager Ryan Giggs on Tuesday for decisive Euro 2020 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary.

“They (fans) say I want it to go in January, but it’s nonsense,” Zinedine Zidane told Gareth Bale.

Bale will be out again when Real host Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday due to a calf injury.

Zidane says he wants Bale to stay in the Spanish capital until the end of the season and believes that fans should not question the desire of the former Tottenham man to get back into shape.

The player wants to get in shape, so do not doubt his motivation, I feel he wants to be back with us. The fans should also look at the positives, they say I want it to go in January, but it does not make sense.

Zinedine Zidane I want Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid until the end of season
Zinedine Zidane I want Gareth Bale to stay at Real Madrid until the end of season

“Everyone has the right to talk about me and the work I do, but they should not put words in my mouth, I want Gareth to stay until the end of the season.”

Speaking of his relationship with Bale, Zidane added, We say hello every day, I love my players.

“We can’t be as close to all of them but I’ve never had any problem with Bale. The difficulties came over the summer when he could have left.”

Since the start of Real’s 4-2 win over Granada on 5 October, Bale has only played for his country in the playoffs against Slovakia and Croatia. He was ruled out of four of Zidane’s squads and was criticized for leaving the matches earlier. However, his manager reiterated his concerns about Bale’s commitment.

“The situation is that he’s here, he’s a good player and you should stop focusing on the fact that he’s gone before the end of the games because the same thing happened when I played, I could leave before the end, “said Zidane.

The important thing is that he is present at the beginning of the match and at half-time to support the team. Everyone has the right to do that, they are all behind the team and want to see us win things.

Despite Bale’s recent lack of action and doubts about his physical condition, Zidane says he is powerless to stop the player from reaching Wales. His country called him and has the right to do it, it’s a FIFA game and we do not intervene.

We’ll see how we go this week and then decide whether he’s ready to go with his country, but for now, he’s not doing it. He has to leave because he’s been called in. We’ll see what happens.

They must already fight to qualify for the knockout stage this weekend after taking just four points in their first three Group A games.

“The fans and the people behind us want us to win it, put on a good display and pick up the three points that effectively seal qualification.”

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Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury

Ryan Giggs has criticized brain injury charity Headway for questioning Wales’ medical department following an apparent concussion incident. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Wales Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Welsh boss Giggs provoked a strong reprimand from Headway last month after calling James streetwise for his support after a heavy crash in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Croatia.

Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury
Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury

James seemed to have been knocked out and should have been replaced by a stretcher sent to the field, but he was able to join the action after being treated by doctors for a long time.

Giggs said James only used his nous and had concussion protocols to keep playing in the 1-1 draw at Cardiff.

Peter McCabe, CEO of Headway, described Giggs’ remarks as shocking, saying the incident had cast an unfair glance on the medical team in Wales and that it was unacceptable for teams to use protocols of concussion to gain a tactical advantage.

When asked if he regretted his comments, Giggs replied, I’m not aware of the regrets, but perhaps I could have put it a little differently.

“As a manager, I should be used to it, but I was a bit frustrated that after two good performances I had to talk about someone who did not suffer a concussion. I want to talk about football. “

Euro Cup 2020 - Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury
Euro Cup 2020 – Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury

Giggs said about Headway’s response: I was very surprised they did not mention Ethan (Ampadu), who was injured in the head. An organization like that does not trust our medical service, which is remarkable.

We pulled Joe Allen out of a huge game (the 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland) and Kieffer Moore had already scored five points in the game.

“Nothing gets said about that, the easy target is Dan James because he plays for Man United. It creates headlines.”

Giggs said Headway had not made contact with him or with the Football Association of Wales since the match against Croatia on 13 October. It was frustrating to see that in the two days following the match we talked about it instead of two very good football performances.

“It is disappointing because they are questioning an exceptional medical service who is here and who is managing the situation,” he said.

Euro 2020 - Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury
Euro 2020 – Ryan Giggs responds to criticism of Daniel James head injury

“It was frustrating to see that in the two days following the match we talked about it instead of two very good football performances,” Ryan Giggs said.

James is part of a team of 27 players for the last qualifying matches for Euro 2020 against Azerbaijan and Hungary. Wales must win both games to keep up hope for the finals next summer.

Gareth Bale remains uncertain after being thrown out of Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Galatasaray on Wednesday, due to a calf problem that has sidelined him since the match against Croatia.

“I have been in contact with Gareth and he is confident that he will be fit,” Giggs said.

It’s literally day after day. In football, you cannot be fit and fit three or four days later. We have to be sensible, obviously, but I’m desperate for him to be fit and available.

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Euro 2020 – England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men’s international

England’s former captains, World Cup winners, and most capped players have been invited to the country’s 1,000th men’s international against Montenegro. Sports fanatics can book England Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

November’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley will see the Three Lions become the first country to clock up 1,000 senior men’s internationals, 147 years since the first against Scotland.

Euro 2020 - England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men's international
Euro 2020 – England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men’s international

England is marking the occasion in a number of ways, including recognizing the notable contributions of former internationals while the current crop will wear individual ‘legacy numbers’ on their shirts.

Southgate, who represented his country fifty-seven (57) times and has the legacy number 1,071, believes the November 14 qualifier will be an occasion to remember.

“It encapsulates the history and the importance of the team going back right the way through,” the Three Lions boss said.

We talk to the players about the badge on the front of the shirt and how we are a small part of that history. It’s important we respect the shirt and leave it in a better place than when we found it if you like.

“So, to be involved in this game is a particularly poignant moment, especially given that some of our great former players will be at the match as well.”

Euro Cup 2020 - England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men's international
Euro Cup 2020 – England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men’s international

England’s 1966 World Cup winners have been invited to the Montenegro match, as have all former captains and players to have reached 50 caps. Viv Anderson, recognized as the first black professional footballer to represent England at senior level, will also be at the qualifier in recognition of his own notable role in the national team’s history.

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke will present those in attendance with their own unique legacy number memento, while UEFA has granted a special dispensation allowing the current players to have their numbers on display under the crest for the 1,000th game.

Southgate, who was presented with his own legacy number on a visit to an exhibition celebrating England’s past at the National Football Museum in Manchester, said: “We didn’t have that when I was playing, and I used to look at the cricket team with the number on the shirt.

Again, it just makes you very proud that you see how few people have actually managed to achieve that and of course, we always want to win and win trophies with England, but also it’s about individual achievement.

Euro 2020 qualifiers - England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men's international
Euro 2020 qualifiers – England planning big celebrations for 1,000th men’s international

To become an England international is such a difficult and long journey for every player and for their families, for what it means to their family, their community, the school they went to, the boys’ or youth club, Sunday team they played for.

“So, it is important sometimes to just take a step back and remember what that’s about.”

The legacy number will become a reference point long beyond the 1,000th game, but the digits will be moved into the inside of each collar after playing Montenegro – an occasion that offers the chance to wrap up Euro 2020 qualification.

“We’ve got to get the balance right for the team of enjoying this occasion and the build-up to a special game, but equally our job on the night is to qualify for a European Championship,” Southgate said.

That can lead to some more brilliant nights like we’ve had the chance to walk around and remind ourselves of today.

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Eddie Howe – Recognition of England is not limited to Steve Cook on current form

Eddie Howe believes that Bournemouth defenseman Steve Cook is under the radar of England coach Gareth Southgate and has every chance of gaining international recognition based on his current form.

Central back Cook celebrated his 150th Premier League match with captain Cherries on Saturday in the 1-0 win against Manchester United. Sports fanatics can book England Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Eddie Howe - The recognition of England is not limited to Steve Cook in its current form
Eddie Howe – The recognition of England is not limited to Steve Cook in its current form

The 28-year-old has been in the first division of this quarter and played a pivotal role in Bournemouth by recording three successive white sheets.

Southgate will this week nominate its team for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and the manager of Kosovo and Cherries, Howe, believing that Cook can force himself into the race for the national teams.

“I would never say it goes beyond that,” Howe said of Cook’s chances in England.

I think maybe two years ago I felt like he was playing very well and it would be a definite option for England, and it never happened to him.

But if he continues to play like that, then I think he’ll have every chance to do it, I’m sure they (the coaching staff in England) know about him, that’s certain.

“They’ll know about everyone.” Gareth spares no effort, all he has to do is continue to do his best for us.

Eddie Howe - Recognition of England is not limited to Steve Cook on current form
Eddie Howe – Recognition of England is not limited to Steve Cook on current form

Cook joined Bournemouth, initially on loan, in Brighton in 2011 and helped the South Coast club come out of Ligue 1 to establish themselves at the top of the league table in their 293 league games.

He set the example on Saturday, including producing a superb final tack to stop United striker Marcus Rashford from equalizing, while Joshua King’s goal helped Bournemouth win his first league victory in five league games.

Howe believes that Nathan Ake’s strong, centrally-driven pair of international defenders, Cook and Dutch, are among the best partnerships formed during his stay at the Vitality Stadium.

“They are really up to the job and they complement each other really well,” Howe said.

You have Cookie, which is a very aggressive plane that likes to defend, very good on the centers, and Nathan reads the game so well and he has that coolness on him that you notice instantly.

“We still have not seen him train with us until he gets to that point there is still some way to go.”

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