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Euros Group D permutations: How can England finish top and Scotland qualify today?

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Euros Group D permutations: How can England finish top and Scotland qualify today?
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Group D at Euro 2020 will be settled in the final round of fixtures tonight as England battle the Czech Republic and Scotland meet Croatia.

England could not seal their progress through to the last 16 with a second successive win over the Scots at Wembley on Friday night, with a frustrating stalemate instead raising concerns over the Three Lions’ attacking prowess despite the riches available to manager Gareth Southgate.

However, their qualification for the knockouts has now been secured with a game to spare after all following results elsewhere.

Here is how things stand in the group, and the permutations for all four teams...

Euro 2020 Group D table

Remaining fixtures (Tuesday, June 22)

8pm: Czech Republic vs England, London

8pm: Croatia vs Scotland, Glasgow

Group D permutations


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England will secure top spot in Group D if they beat the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

The final results in Groups B and C mean that Southgate’s men are now guaranteed at least one of those four best third-place finisher spots.

However, the only way England could actually finish third is if they lose to the Czechs and Scotland win by enough goals against Croatia to pass them on goal difference.


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A creditable point at Wembley leaves the Scots with a chance of qualification, but they must beat Croatia.

A victory over Croatia would see them finish at least third, and they could still finish second if England lose and they better the Three Lions’ goal difference.

Czech Republic

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Like England, the Czech Republic are already through as they are now guaranteed to be at least one of the four best third-placed teams at the tournament.

If they avoid a loss against England, they will progress as group winners. If they lose to England and Scotland beat Croatia, they will finish second.

To slip to third, they would have to lose and Croatia win, coupled with a decent goal difference swing.


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The 2018 World Cup finalists face a fight to stay in the competition now, and must win to stay in contention.

The Croatians would lose out in a head-to-head battle with England, but could still beat the Czechs to second place on goal difference if they beat Scotland and the English beat the Czechs.

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