England and France might face a difficult path to the finals of Euro 2024 as they are going to be unseeded within the qualifying draw.
The seeding pots are determined by the ultimate rankings within the 2022 UEFA Nations League group stage, with each nations positioned outdoors of the highest 10 — solely incomes them a spot in Pot 2 for the draw, which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 9.
England didn’t win any of their video games on this yr’s competitors, and suffered an embarrassing 4-0 residence defeat by the hands of Hungary on their approach to relegation to League B. France’s solely victory got here at residence to relegated Austria, struggling defeats residence and away to Denmark and to Croatia in Paris.
It means England and France might face being in the identical qualifying group as one other of Europe’s heavyweights, with Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain among the many seeds. Erling Haaland‘s Norway might additionally lie in wait from Pot 3.
There will likely be one workforce from every pot in a bunch, creating seven teams of 5 nations and three teams of six. The 4 UEFA Nations League A bunch winners — Croatia, Italy, Netherlands and Spain — will likely be drawn into a bunch of 5 to go away the June 2023 worldwide dates free for the finals. Russia stay suspended and won’t participate in qualifying.
The highest 2 groups in every group will qualify robotically for Euro 2024, becoming a member of hosts Germany. That creates a security internet for the highest nations, however might go away a really troublesome automated route for another workforce from pots 3-6 drawn into a bunch with from two main nations.
The ultimate three locations will likely be determined by way of playoff routes, created by way of the best-ranked groups from the UEFA Nations League who have not certified robotically. There will likely be one place every for League A, B and C.