England's easiest and hardest group-stage draws predicted using Euro 2024 simulator
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England’s hardest and easiest Euro 2024 groups have been predicted using a draw simulator.
Euro 2024 will take place in Germany next year and Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will head into the tournament as one of the favourites to go all the way.
After finishing top of their qualifying group with 20 points, England will be placed in pot one for the draw.
Here are the different pots for the draw:
Pot One - England, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
Pot Two - Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Austria, Turkey and Romania.
Pot Three - Scotland, Slovakia, Croatia, Netherlands, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
Pot Four - Italy, Serbia, Switzerland plus three playoff winners.
Using a draw simulator, we have decided to have a look at England’s hardest and easiest groups.
For the hardest draw, the Three Lions have been predicted to be in the same group as Denmark, the Netherlands and holders Italy.
According to the rankings, the three above-mentioned nations are the highest-ranked teams in each pot.
On the other hand, if England are lucky, they will be handed a much more favourable group with the likes of Poland, Albania and Slovakia.
Speaking after England’s 1-1 draw with North Macedonia, Southgate said: “I think in both matches we've been able to look at different players as well as trying to win.
“Normally you're waiting until March to do that. We've learned quite a bit from those two games which is an advantage for us.”
The official draw will take place next month in Hamburg.
The three playoff winners’ spots for Euro 2024 will be decided between Greece, Ukraine, Wales, Georgia, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Luxembourg, Iceland, Bosnia, Israel and Kazakhstan.
Euro 2024 will take place across different cities in Germany from June 14 to July 14, with the final taking place in Berlin.