Euro 2024 group stage draw live: Latest as England and Scotland learn fates

Denmark team guide


Kasper Hjulmand has been in charge since 2020 after spells in club football which included succeeding Thomas Tuchel at Mainz in Germany. After replacing Åge Hareide, who went onto manage Iceland, he got the Danes to the semi-final of the last Euros where they were sunk by Harry Kane’s penalty.

Star player 

Manchester United have not seen the best of Rasmus Hojlund yet. But at £72million there is expectation on the former Atalanta striker to deliver. He has saved his best performances for the Champions League, in fact he has scored for United in no other competition. So continental football suits him and playing in this tournament is an opportunity to enhance his reputation. 

Euro pedigree 

They are at the heart of the most romantic European Championship story: called up at the last minute to play in 1992 after Yugoslavia were disqualified and they ended up winning the whole tournament with Peter Schmeichel in goal and John Jensen in midfield. They also reached the quarter-final in 2004 but it has been a battle to get out of the group stage between winning 32 years ago and reaching the semi-finals last time out. 

Are they a threat?  

The Danes have plenty of Premier League experience in Kasper Schmeichel, Joachim Andersen, Andreas Christensen, Christian Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Hojberg in their ranks. Their performance at the World Cup last year, however, will not strike fear into opponents. They finished bottom of their group with one point and one goal from their three games. 

Slovenia team guide


Matjaz Kek was only capped once by Slovenia as a player. As a manager, he has been back in charge since 2018, after a four-year spell earlier in his career when he got the country to the 2010 World Cup. In the period in between, he coached Saudi club Al-Ittihad and Croatian side Rijeka. 

Star player 

Benjamin Sesko is only 20 and has been on the shortlists of Premier League clubs looking for a young No9. He has come through the Red Bull route, moving from Salzburg to Leipzig and there is expectation of him to increase in value. Manchester United are well aware of his talents. 

Euro history 

This is the first time they have qualified since the 2000 finals in Beglium and Holland, which was their first Euros and saw them draw two games. Getting a point against Yugoslavia and Norway was not enough to progress. The defeat to Spain proved to be the vital match. 

Are they a threat? 

Pushed all the way by Kazakhstan earlier in the week and it needed Benjamin Verbic’s late goal to secure the victory and a runners-up place in their group behind Denmark on head-to-head records. Reaching the finals is a huge achievement for the team captained by Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

Serbia team guide; England’s first opponent


Dragan Stojković was an elegant playmaker during his career on the pitch. As a manager, he was rated highly by Arsene Wenger, who coached him at Grampus Eight and tipped him as a possibly successor to his reign at Arsenal. After five years managing his old Japanese club “Piksi” went to China and has been Serbia coach for two years. 

Star player 

Dusan Vlahovic has been on the radar of Premier League clubs after his freescoring form at Fiorentina. Eventually he moved to Juventus last year. He will lead their attack and provide their goal threat. Has only scored five times this season but plenty will be expected of him on the biggest stage. 

Euro history 

This is the first Euros they have qualified for as Serbia. If their World Cup form is a marker, they have qualified for three out of the last four finals but have not made it out of the group stages yet. 

Are they a threat? 

Finished second behind Hungary in their qualifying group. Aleksandar Mitrović and Sergej Milinković-Savić are now in Saudi Arabia but will be looking to show their class at the highest stage, while an attack with Vlahovic and Dusan Tadic will be trouble for most defences. 

Tough group for Scotland?

Scotland look to have a job on their hands to progress from Group A. They were drawn alongside Germany, Hungary and Switzerland. They will play in the opening match of the tournament against the hosts Germany on June 14 in Munich.

Good group for England?

It could have been much tougher for England. They have drawn Slovenia, Serbia and Denmark. Their opening game will be up against Serbia. What do you make of that draw England fans? You can have your say in the comments section at the bottom of the blog. Here are England’s fixtures in the group stages:

  • 16 June v Serbia, Gelsenkirchen
  • 20 June v Denmark, Frankfurt
  • 25 June v Slovenia, Cologne

Draw details

Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

Group C: Slovenia, Denmark, Serbia, England

Group D: Play-off winner A (Poland/Wales/Finland/Estonia), Netherlands, France, Austria

Group E: Belgium, Slovakia, Romania, play-off winner B (Israel/Bosnia/Ukraine/Iceland)

Group F: Turkey, play-off winner C (Georgia/Greece/Kazakstan/Luxembourg), Portugal, Czech Republic

Group F

Play-off winner C into Group F; Georgia, Greece, Kazakhstan or Luxemburg.

Group E

Play-off winner B into Group E; Israel, Bosnia, Ukraine or Iceland.

Group D

Play-off winner A is into Group D, which are Poland, Wales, Finland or Estonia.

Serbia in Group C

England’s final opponents are Serbia.

Group B

Italy are in with Spain, Croatia and Albania.

Group A

Time for the final pot. Switzerland are with Germany, Scotland and Hungary.

Group F

Czechia are in Group F with Portugal and Turkey and their opening fixture will be against Portugal in Leipzig.

Group E

Slovakia go into Belgium and Romania’s group. They will start against Belgium in Frankfurt.

Group D

The Netherlands are alongside France and Austria. Tasty group!

Slovenia in Group C

England and Denmark are joined by Slovenia. They will be England’s final opponents in the group.

Group B

Croatia join Spain and Albania in Group B and their first game will be against Spain.

Scotland in Group A

We are onto pot three. Scotland join Germany and Hungary. Scotland will play Germany in the opening game of the tournament.

Group F

Turkey are in the same group as Portugal.

Group E

Romania are in Group E with Belgium.

Group D

France are joined by Austria and they will play each other in the opening match.

Denmark join England in Group C

It is Denmark who join England in Group C but they will not play each other in the opening game. They will take on each other in matchday two.

Group B

Albania join Spain in Group B and they are B4.

Group A

Pot two is under way as Hungary are drawn into Group A alongside the hosts Germany. They are A3 so they will not take on Germany in the opening game of that group.

Group F

Portugal are the final team from pot one drawn and they are F3.

Group E

Belgium are in Group E as E1.

Group D

France will be in Group D as D4.

England into Group C

Gareth Southgate’s men are drawn into Group C as C4, which means they will play their opening game in Gelsenkirchen. What a great name for a city!

Group B

Spain are drawn into Group B as B1 meaning they will play in the opening game in that group.

Group A

As the hosts Germany go automatically into Group A and will play in the opening game of the tournament.

Here we go

Finally the draw is here.

Reminder of the pots

Pot one: Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, England 

Pot two: Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Denmark, Albania, Austria 

Pot three: Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic 

Pot four: Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Play-off Winner A, Play-off Winner B, Play-off Winner C

Draw inching closer

We are just moments away from the draw starting. Who will England and Scotland get?

Euro 2024 anthem

Meduza, One Republic and Kim Petras will collaborate for the official Euro 2024 anthem.

Special guests

Steve McManaman (England), Angelos Charisteas (Greece), Michael Laudrup (Denmark), Tomas Rosicky (Czechia), Blaise Matuidi (France), Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal), David Silva (Spain), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) and Sami Khedira (Germany) are all invited onto the stage.

Buffon in attendance

Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon has come onto the stage with the trophy. But wait, we are going to have nine more special guests!

Now We Are Free

Fans of the Gladiator film starring Russell Crowe will be loving this. Nelle tue mani, known in English as Now We Are Free, which was sung by Andrea Bocelli, hailing from Italy who are the defending champions. One of the best films of all time in my humble opinion!

Time To Say Goodbye

We are now graced with ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, or in Italian ‘Con Te Partiro’. Many will be thinking of Andrea Bocelli’s duet with Sarah Brightman of this song. If you love your music as well as football you are loving this. If not, then perhaps you are not. Beautifully sung.

Music first

As is customary at all UEFA draws, we have to have some padding out before we actually get to the draw itself and as it is taking place in a concert hall we are having some music beforehand. High-quality music but I think most people are here for the football draw, not music! Maybe I am wrong, maybe people want some extras to go alongside the draw.

Draw edging closer

Germany team guide


Julian Nagelsmann was on the radar of Premier League clubs not so long ago after leaving Bayern Munich but he is with his national team and looking to pick up the pieces after a disastrous time under Hansi Flick. Nagelsmann, 36, has built a reputation as one of the best young managers in the world and this will be a test of his credentials. 

Star player 

Jamal Musiala could have been playing for England after starting his Academy career at Southampton and Chelsea. Having moved to Bayern Munich, playing for his birth country feels right. He is just 20 but establishing himself as a fine midfielder of international class. 

Euro history

Never write them off, apparently. And why would you after their triumphs down the years? They won in 1972 and 1980 before a long wait to break England’s hearts – and Gareth Southgate’s – at Euro 96 where they won at Wembley. Since then they have reached the semi-finals in 2012 and 2016. 

Are they a threat? 

Worrying friendly defeats led to Flick’s dismissal. Their defeats last month have hardly raised expectations under Nagelsmann. They were defeated by Turkey and then Austria. Not only are results bad, they have had no competitive games since the World Cup as they qualified as hosts. 

Draw coming up

The ceremony is set to start in around 15 minutes time at 17:00 GMT, with the draw itself beginning around 20 minutes later.

France team guide


Didier Deschamps has been in charge for 11 years after taking charge in 2012. He has kept Les Bleus’ players on the same page and managed the talent of Kylian Mbappe. Has history in the Euros as a player, lifting the trophy in 2000. As a manager he is looking to go one better than 2016 when France were runners-up. 

Star Player

By some distance, Kylian Mbappe is the player with the responsibility on his shoulders to bring the trophy back to France for the first time in 24 years. His hat-trick in the World Cup final last year only added to the weight of expectations on the Paris Saint-Germain forward.  

Euros history

On home soil they reached the final eight years ago but were defeated by Portugal despite Cristiano Ronaldo being injured early in the showpiece. Michel Platini was the star of the 1984 triumph which also in France, then in 2000 they defeated Italy in the final through David Trezeguet’s golden goal. 

Are they a threat?

England’s biggest threat if Gareth Southgate’s team are to win the tournament. Harry Kane’s penalty miss helped them win at the World Cup last year and they have been ruthless in qualifying. It takes a certain type of mentality to keep scoring and win 14-0 like they did against Gibraltar. 

Scotland team guide


Steve Clarke, 60, has been in charge since 2019 and has put together an impressive team. Experience in English football at West Brom and Reading as a manager himself but his work in Jose Mourinho’s staff while winning trophies at Chelsea has been invaluable.  

Star player 

Scott McTominay has been dangerous in role further advanced than he is used to at Manchester United. Even at Old Trafford, he showed with his goals against Brentford that he can find the back of the net. 

Euro pedigree

They will be asked “Don’t Come Home Too Soon” again. They have never been further than the group stage although came so close in 1996 when they were on course for the quarter-finals until the Dutch scored a consolation against England. Defeat to Czech Republic was crucial during Euro 2020. 

Are they a threat? 

Yes. Beating Spain and Norway during qualifying shows what they are capable of. They are a match for any team when it clicks for them. They will be hoping McTominay is dangerous in his advanced role and John McGinn and Billy Gilmour give them control in midfield. That will be the key to making the knockouts. 

Defending champions under new management

Italy will go into next year’s tournament attempting to defend their crown and it will Luciano Spalletti leading them in Germany:


Nobody saw this one coming. Roberto Mancini started the qualifying campaign to defend the title they won in 2021, then at the start of the season walked away from the job, opting to accept an offer from Saudi Arabia to take their national team. Luciano Spalletti is in charge after winning the title with Napoli last season but it is accepted it will take time for his methods to start working. 

Star player

Inter Milan midfielder Nicolò Barella keeps possession for his team, shifting the ball upfield and supporting attacks. His passing will be important in the absence of Sandro Tonali, who will be suspended. It is no surprise that there was interest from Premier League clubs in Barella over the summer. 

Euro history 

Regardless of the turmoil behind the scenes, they remain current holders of the Henri Delaunay Cup and know their way around winning tournaments. It added to their 1968 triumph and they also reached the final in 2000 and 2012. 

Are they a threat? 

England defeated them home and away in qualifying, although both games were hard-fought. They have the Serie A illegal betting scandal hanging over them and denying them Tonali, but it would still be foolish to rule them out of putting together a decent run.

England team guide


Gareth Southgate’s future was uncertain after the World Cup last year but he chose to carry on. There will again be questions over whether this will be the last tournament for a manager who has totally transformed the fortunes of the country’s football team in the last seven years in charge. He has a settled squad and experience at three finals. 

Star Player 

Harry Kane has moved to Germany and has got off to a flying start in his career at Bayern Munich. So it will be a home tournament of sorts for England’s most prolific player, who has now scored 62 goals in 89 games for his country. 

Euros history 

They will be looking to go one better than Euro 2020 when they made the final and lost to Italy on penalties. Before that there was the infamous defeat to Iceland in Nice during a period where the 1996 summer when football was coming home seemed a distant memory. 

Are they a threat?

Southgate has been reinforcing his message to players during team meetings at St George’s Park this season – they are going to Germany to win. After coming so close in previous tournaments, anything less than that will feel like failure. 

Stats from Euro 2024 qualifying

How does the draw work?

The 24 qualifying teams are divided into four pots, according to their performances in qualifying. The best six teams – including Germany as hosts – will be in pot 1, the next six in pot 2, then pot 3 and pot 4. 

Of the six teams in each pot, one will be drawn in each of the six Euro 2024 groups, with Germany already guaranteed their position as the first side in Group A. Each group will therefore contain one top-ranked team, one second-ranked team, one third-ranked team and one fourth-ranked team. 

In addition, each team will be randomly allocated a starting position in each group. This is for administrative reasons, so that teams and organisers know which teams are appearing in which locations on which day. 

There are five matches that Uefa has prohibited from taking place in the group stage of the tournament, should both teams happen to qualify. They are:

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina/Kosovo
  • Serbia/Kosovo
  • Ukraine/Belarus
  • Azerbaijan/Armenia
  • Spain/Gibraltar

Potential group of death for England?

There is quite a contrast in the perceived toughest and easiest draws that England could get in the next couple of hours:

Hardest draw: England, Denmark, Netherlands, Italy 

Softest draw: England, Albania, Slovenia, Serbia

What do you make of that potential hardest draw? Would England make it out of that group? You can have your say in the comments section at the bottom of the blog?

Play-off fixtures

21 nations have already directly qualified for Euro 2024 but there are three more spots up for grab. Those three places will be decided in March through play-offs, which include Rob Page’s Wales. Here are the details for what the play-off fixtures in March look like:

Path A
March 21: Wales vs Finland and Poland vs Estonia
March 26: Wales or Finland vs Poland or Estonia – winner qualifies for Euro 2024

Path B
March 21: Israel vs Iceland and Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Ukraine 
March 26: Israel or Iceland vs Bosnia-Herzegovina or Ukraine – winner qualifies for Euro 2024

Path C
March 21: Georgia vs Luxembourg and Greece vs Kazakhstan
March 26: Georgia or Luxembourg vs Greece or Kazakhstan – winner qualifies for Euro 2024

Who are the favourites to win Euro 2024?

  • England 4/1
  • France 4/1
  • Germany 7/1
  • Spain 8/1
  • Portugal 9/1
  • Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, 14/1
  • Croatia, Denmark 33/1

Your predictions and thoughts

What do you think would be best and worst-case scenarios for England and Scotland? Who do you want to see the home nations draw? How far will they go? Remember you can have your say in the comments section at the bottom of the blog.

Mike McGrath live from Hamburg

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Four questions for Southgate

England are among the favourites to lift the Euro 2024 trophy in Berlin next July after a dominant performance in qualifying that included home and away wins over Italy.

However, despite Gareth Southgate’s remarkable job of raising performances, confidence and expectations around the England side, there remain some doubts about whether they can get over the final hurdle in major tournaments.

In this article, Telegraph Sport’s football news correspondent Matt Law examines four squad questions the manager must answer before Euro 2024.

The pots

Here is a reminder of the qualifiers (so far) and the pots they have been placed in. Seeding was based on their qualifying performance, rather than any wide metrics.

Pot one: Germany, Portugal, France, Spain, Belgium, England
Pot two: Hungary, Turkey, Romania, Denmark, Albania, Austria
Pot three: Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Pot four: Italy, Serbia, Switzerland, Play-off Winner A, Play-off Winner B, Play-off Winner C

Home nations could be drawn together

England, Scotland and Wales could be paired together in Saturday’s Euro 2024 finals draw.

The Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg will host the draw ceremony, which gets under way at 5pm UK time.

Gareth Southgate’s England, runners-up at Euro 2020, will be one of the favourites to win the tournament, with in-form Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham set to be the shining light in a strong line-up.

Their performances in qualifying, where they topped Group C ahead of reigning European champions Italy, have earned them a place among the top seeds for the draw in what could be Southgate’s final bow as England manager.

Scotland are in Pot 3, while Wales are one of the 12 play-off hopefuls occupying three spots in Pot 4.

Rob Page’s side still have two big hurdles to overcome in order to join England and Scotland at the finals. They must first beat Finland on March 21 then also see off Poland or Estonia on March 26 to book their passage to Germany.

The placing of England, Scotland and Wales in different pots keeps open the possibility of them all being drawn together.

England faced Scotland in the group stage of Euro 2020 and Wales at the same stage at last year’s World Cup in Qatar. England and Wales also met at the group stage in Euro 2016.

From an England perspective, a ‘Group of Death’ would arguably include Denmark, the highest-ranked side in Pot 2, and the Netherlands or Croatia from Pot 3.

A rematch with Italy would round out a tough-looking pool for Southgate’s men, with the Azzurri alongside Wales in Pot 4.

Southgate, speaking after England’s final qualifier away to North Macedonia, said: “There looks like being really strong teams in Pot 2 and Pot 3 looks like it could be very strong. We’ve just got to be ready for whatever comes our way.”

Scotland were impressive in qualification, finishing runners-up to Spain in Group A and booking their place in Germany with two matches to spare.

Pot 1 also contains last year’s World Cup finalists France, a Portugal team who won all 10 of their qualifying matches and a vulnerable-looking host nation Germany, who sacked their coach Hansi Flick in September following a 4-1 friendly defeat to Japan.