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Qual­i­fy­ing has be­come a farce

- Sports · Championship · UEFA · England · Czech Republic · Bulgaria · Montenegro · UEFA Nations League · Kosovo

AT the draw for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day, the full de­light of the UEFA Na­tions League be­gan to un­fold. There are six teams in ev­ery group, apart from the ones with five, and some of them will have al­ready reached the play-offs, with­out kick­ing a ball.

A sim­ple process has been ren­dered im­pos­si­bly com­pli­cated. Mean­while, any­one who thinks Eng­land’s group of Czech Repub­lic, Bul­garia, Kosovo and Mon­tene­gro is easy hasn’t been pay­ing at­ten­tion.

These are all tricky away legs, par­tic­u­larly when club man­agers find out Eng­land are al­ready in the play-off round, even if they fin­ish bot­tom, and start re­mind­ing their play­ers of the sea­son’s pri­or­i­ties.

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