England could face a tough group in the Euro 2024 draw, including clashes with Liverpool stars.
The Three Lions could end up playing against Hungary, Holland and Italy, which would mean facing Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, Ryan Gravenberch and Dominik Szoboszlai (via the Mirror). This could also lead to a repeat of the heart-wrenching Euro 2020 final, depending on how Saturday's ceremony in Hamburg pans out.
UEFA has divided the 24-team tournament into three regions to cut down on travel and carbon emissions. Berlin will host the final on July 14, while Munich will stage the opening game on June 14. Other host cities include Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dortmund, Leipzig, Gelsenkirchen, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf.
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There are three kick-off times planned for the tournament: 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. England fans will be hoping to avoid the afternoon slots to prevent another national "sickie" day.
TV companies will likely push for England games to be scheduled in the later slots. Unlike previous tournaments, Gareth Southgate will know his fixture schedule on the day of the draw, rather than having to wait an extra 24 hours.
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The draw ceremony will feature football stars like Sami Khedira, Wesley Sneijder, Miroslav Klose, Gianluigi Buffon, David Silva and Steve McManaman. Scotland, who are in pot three, and Wales, who could still qualify via the play-offs next March, are also eagerly awaiting their fate.
Southgate said: "There look like being really strong teams in pot two and pot three looks like it could be very strong. In the last Euros we had Croatia in with us, who proved to be one of the best teams in the world over the last few years and we managed to navigate that so we've just got to be ready for whatever comes our way."
England's boss Southgate will be present at the ceremony, along with FA chief executive Mark Bullingham. The UEFA will also hold an ExCo meeting on Saturday morning before the draw.
Southgate has already been given options for England's training base – they cannot decide until they know which region and pathway they are drawn into – but the FA may not confirm where they will stay until the end of the year.
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