Harry Maguire admits England players confused by UEFA Nations League

Ryan Giggs will take charge of his first Wales match on home soil on Thursday night

Ryan Giggs will take charge of his first Wales match on home soil on Thursday night

France return to worldwide action for the first time since thumping Croatia 4-2 and lifting the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation.

Joachim Low has ruled out any possibility of Mesut Ozil returning to the Germany squad as the national team manager begins the rebuilding process at the Uefa Nations League following a calamitous World Cup.

UEFA believes all its member federations are getting something they like.

Germany enter the game wounded, after a disastrous defence of their World Cup crown in which they were knocked out in the group stage.

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.

Pro/rel. There will be promotion for the group winners in Leagues B-D and relegation for the last-place group teams in Leagues A-C.

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"Once again, it's about new UEFA income and payments to participating clubs which - just like in the Champions League and Europa League - will destroy the inner balance of the small leagues", Pangl said.

"It is quite confusing - I don't know what you guys think of it?" said Maguire in a pre-match press conference.

The winners of groups in leagues B, C and D will be promoted, while the losers of the groups in leagues A, B and C will be relegated into the league below.

The teams will play across each other in a round robin format in September, October, and November.

The Netherlands are the other side in the League A group alongside these two.

The four group winners from League A advance to a Final Four to decide the Nations League champion.

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Even if it doesn't appear as a transcendental tournament, the winners of every group will face each other during the next summer.

How is each league and sub-group divided?

RTÉ do have the rights for Ireland's regular Euro 2020 qualification campaign which kicks off next March. A possible configuration next June will see Kosovo, Armenia, Belarus, and Latvia from League D going head-to-head for a spot at the European Championships, making their play-offs well worth a watch.

Playoffs will be for teams that failed to earn a direct Euro 2020 entry through the qualifying groups. Instead of Ben Affleck setting out to repel evil equipped with a utility belt and bat-suit, the likes of England boss Gareth Southgate, armed with little more than an M&S wool blend and Harry Kane, will look to get the better of continental rivals and eventually be crowned Europe's top dogs.

But if a country doesn't qualify in this traditional way, the Nations League will provide a second chance.

The success or failure of this competition won't be decided by the suits who sit around UEFA's executive table, but by the fans who will, or won't, turn up to games, and even by the players who may or may not resist the temptation to pull out of squads as they made a habit of for worldwide friendlies.

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