The Nations League is back – and you’ll be able to watch every game on Sky Sports. Read on to find out who England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are up against, what’s at stake – and what it means for World Cup 2022…
The second edition of the Nations League kicks off on Thursday, with Germany v Spain one of the standout ties of the opening round of fixtures, as Portugal look to defend their title.
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the star in last summer’s finals, scoring a hat-trick against Switzerland before helping his country win the inaugural competition in Porto against Netherlands.
England will be looking to improve on their third-place finish this time around, with Gareth Southgate’s side aiming to reach the final-four stage again, where the semi-finals and final will be held in September or October 2021.
To do that they’ll have to finish top of Group A2, ahead of Belgium, Iceland and Denmark, who they play home and away across the international windows in September, October and November. England kick off their campaign with away games against Iceland on Saturday and Denmark on Tuesday.
Northern Ireland are in Group B1 with Austria, Norway and Romania, while Scotland face Czech Republic, Slovakia and Israel in Group B2. Wales are in Group B4 with Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria.
Those three Home Nations will be aiming to win their respective groups to be promoted to League A for the 2022/23 edition of the Nations League – and also potentially secure a 2022 World Cup play-off spot in the process. More on that below.