Uefa Nations League finals draw – live!

  • Live updates from Dublin as England learn semi-final opponents
  • Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands also in hat
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The Nations League. You’ve gotta love it haven’t you? It was the tournament no one really wanted. Just another Uefa flight of fancy, we all said. And then the fun started. Spain hammered the World Cup runners-up Croatia 6-0. The Netherlands thumped Germany. England won 3-2 in Spain. And that was before Harry Kane’s late winner in the decider against Croatia, and Van Dijk’s injury-time equaliser against Germany which saw the Netherlands snatch a finals place from France. And let’s not forget that Die Mannschaft were relegated! Let me know your thoughts on the competition as we approach the draw. Our own Barney Ronay is certainly a fan …

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Hello world!

What a day this is. A day of days. After Derby Sunday it’s double-draw Monday, with the FA Cup third-round number-plucking to follow in the early evening. For draw fans this one might be a bit disappointing, being extremely short and underwhelmingly simple. There will be four names in the hat/crystal bowl, and they will be drawn out at random, one at a time, with no restrictions or seedings or other distractions. However Uefa have added a little complexity by deciding that the team drawn first shouldn’t play the team drawn second, but rather the team picked third. Thus these are the basic rules:

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