England and Republic of Ireland set to face off in 2024-25 Nations League tournament as Gareth Southgate’s team aims for promotion

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England and the Republic of Ireland will meet competitively for the first time since 1991 in the next edition of the Nations League.

The English and the Republic are also up against Euro 2004 winners Greece and Finland in Group B2, but their showpiece meeting will see the two neighbours meet for just their seventh competive meeting in the sport’s history. 

They avoided a long trip to Kazakhstan under UEFA’s excessive travel restriction rules, with the former Soviet republic placed in Group B3 instead.

The last competitive encounter between England and the Republic was a Euro 92 qualifier at Wembley, where a Niall Quinn goal cancelled out Lee Dixon’s opener. 

A friendly match in 1995 at Lansdowne Road had to be abandoned due to crowd trouble, and the teams’ most recent meeting was a November 2020 friendly.

England have been drawn against Republic of Ireland in the 2024-25 Nations League contest

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Wales will be up against Iceland, Montenegro and Turkey in Group B4.

Steve Clarke’s Scotland are up against Croatia, Portugal and Poland in Group A1.

Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland were drawn in Group C3, where they will take on Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Belarus.

The league phase will be played between September and October before League A quarter-finals and promotion/relegation play-offs take place in March 2025.

Single-leg semis and a final will be played in June 2025.

Both England and Wales find themselves in League B after Gareth Southgate’s men suffered relegation from their UEFA Nations League group in 2023, with Scotland the highest ranked home nation in League A for the first time. 

Every European team will feature in the 2024-25 Nations League with the exemption of Russia as they were suspended. 

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