England, Germany target victories

Following Sam Allardyce’s departure after one game in charge, the England managerial baton is handed to Gareth Southgate – for the next four matches at least.

The former defender has continued his predecessor’s commitment to evolution over revolution, promoting Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane from his Under-21 set-up.

That means there are now six players in the squad who have already played under Southgate, while Wayne Rooney – retained as captain – had five games playing alongside him for England back in 2004.

Other games in Group F: Slovenia v Slovakia, Scotland v Lithuania.

CZECH FACE GERMAN TEST
The Czech Republic are Euro ever-presents since being edged out by Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal in the decider in 1996, their first competition as an independent nation.

Curiously, they have only once graced a World Cup – in 2006 – and they ended the past two campaigns third in their group.

September’s goalless home draw with Northern Ireland was underwhelming, and defeat by a Germany team so impressive against Norway would leave them with further ground to make up in the pool. Get a result in Hamburg, though, and suddenly the outlook becomes rosy.

Other games in Group C: Azerbaijan v Norway, Northern Ireland v San Marino.

DENMARK IN SIGHT FOR POLAND’S DUO

Denmark were the only team to record an opening win amid a lacklustre start to this section, but you sense they will need to improve on their tight 1-0 home victory over Armenia as they travel to Poland.

Arkadiusz Milik has settled well at Napoli, and he and Robert Lewandowski will take some subduing – Poland were top scorers in Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying.

Understandably, it is a defence breached just twice in France this summer that is the greater concern for Adam Nawalka, after his side let slip a two-goal lead in Kazakhstan last month. Complacency, perhaps.

Other games in Group E: Montenegro v Kazakhstan, Armenia v Romania.

Courtesy of Uefa.com

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