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England have advanced through to the Round of 16 at Euro 2020 as Group D winners following Tuesday night’s victory over Czech Republic.
Gareth Southgate’s side finished with seven points from their three matches without conceding a goal, with Raheem Sterling’s goals securing slender 1-0 wins over both Croatia and the Czechs.
It was an efficient if somewhat underwhelming group stage campaign from England, who achieved their objective with the minimum of fuss despite a frustrating scoreless draw with Scotland.
The Three Lions will face the runners-up of Group F – which has been titled as this tournament’s ‘Group of Death’ in the knockout stages – but that place will not be determined until Wednesday night.
England advanced through to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 as Group D winners without conceding a goal
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Who are England’s Round of 16 opponents?
England will face the runners-up in Group F at Wembley at 5pm on Tuesday 29 June.
World champions France currently top Group F on four points with Germany – 2014 World Cup winners – in second spot on three points, above third-placed Portugal, the reigning champions, on three points with Hungary on one point.
If the final group stage day goes to form, Germany, who have home advantage, will beat Hungary and France will edge out Portugal, meaning that Germany finish second – although this will switch to France if they draw with Portugal, or indeed the Portuguese if they win that match.
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The convoluted nature of the current tournament format – with four of the six third-placed sides advancing – means that France already know they have qualified, while Germany need only one point against Hungary and Portugal must avoid defeat by three goals.
Hungary need to beat Germany, in Munich, to advance to the knockouts.
England’s opponents are likely to rest upon the outcome of France’s game with Portugal: a France win means that Germany are likely England’s Round of 16 opponents, while if Portugal draw then Les Bleus will likely be paired with England. If Cristiano Ronaldo can inspire his nation to victory, they will be England’s opponents, if paired with Germany beating Hungary.
Who could England face in the quarter finals?
The winners of England’s Round of 16 match will face the victors of the tie between the Group E winners and one of the four strongest third-placed teams.
That quarter final will be held in Rome on Saturday 3 July, 8pm.
Sweden are currently top of Group E, but the other three teams in that group – Poland, Spain and Slovakia – could yet finish as group winners.
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Poland (who are bottom of the group with one point) play Sweden on Wednesday, while Spain (two points) play Slovakia (three points) in the other game.
The winners of that group will play one of the strongest third-placed teams, a list of teams which currently comprises Switzerland, Finland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Spain and Portugal.
England are in the same half of the draw as Wales
The victors of that match will play a semi final against a team in the same half of that draw.
Wales play Denmark in the Round of 16 and the winners of that match will play the victors of Netherlands taking on one of the strongest third-placed sides.
Rob Page’s side advanced from Group A as runners-up after taking four points from their matches against Switzerland, Turkey and Italy.
They will face Denmark in Amsterdam at 5pm on Saturday 26 June – the first of the knockout fixtures.
The winners of those two Round of 16 match will face off in Baku on Saturday July 3 in the quarter finals.
England’s possible route to the semi final could see them faces Wales in the last four, but they will need to defeat Denmark in the Round of 16 stage and then the winners of the Netherlands Round of 16 game.
Italy, Austria and Belgium are among the confirmed teams not in this half of the draw.
The incentives for England to reach the latter stages of the competition are higher than ever with both the semi-finals and the final to be staged at Wembley.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Wembley will have a two-thirds capacity for the semi-finals and final, meaning that up to 60,000 fans could be in attendance for those matches.