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Paul Pogba of France, Presnel Kimpembe controls the ball during training before the International Friendly football match between Germany and France at Allianz Arena.

"CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying represents a watershed moment for CONCACAF and its 41-member family", CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani said when the tournament was first announced.

The North American football region now has its own version, while UEFA also designed a global version for about 220 teams which FIFA already has plans to adopt.

In the middle of the traditional phase (June 2019), comes the final playoff for the Nations League.

The last detail is the incentive for European football's smaller teams.

Both sides pushed for a winning goal in the closing stages of the second half, but they were unable to carve out clear cut openings as the encounter ended goalless.

England find themselves in League A, Group 4 of the inaugural competition, which was created by UEFA to make worldwide friendlies more serious, with rewards of places at Euro 2020 up for grabs for those who succeed.

Plus, the biennial format should be good for business.

The top placed teams in the groups of leagues B, C and D are promoted to the next higher tier while the bottom-placed sides are relegated to the lower tier.


Each league is split into four groups of teams that will play each other home and away between September and November 2018.

Southgate last week admitted the Premier League's shrinking pool of homegrown talent could force him to look outside the top flight to fill his England squad in the future.

Teams have been put into four leagues from A-D with other nations that have a similar ranking to them.

Joachim Low has seen the summit of the game as Germany head coach.

In theory, each pathway will represent one league and will consist of group-winners.

The Leagues and groups that constitute the UEFA Nations League.How does it affect Euro 2020 qualification? The remaining four places will be awarded to the winners of the mini-tournament mentioned above. The qualifying group stage for Euro 2020 will still be on but, the League will affect the timeline.

"And, I hope I will not be accused of national chauvinism, but when you consider their achievement with their national team this summer and what they have done with their clubs too, they would deserve it".

With the Three Lions about to begin their maiden voyage through UEFA's new against Spain on Saturday, it would appear that a number of the players still don't fully grasp just what it is they're playing for.

Even if national teams are not desperate to win the Nations League, the threat of relegation should mean strong teams are fielded.


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