European Qualifiers: How are England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland faring?

09/10/19 6:00am

England can qualify with victory against Czech Republic on Friday

As we approach the business end of the European Qualifiers, which nations are edging towards next summer`s tournament? And who is in danger of missing out?

Domestic football makes way for internationals over the next week, with a whole host of European Qualifiers being shown live on Sky Sports.

But how is each group shaping up? From the runaway leaders to ties at the top, we look at the state of play going into October`s qualifiers…

Group A - England aim to book finals spot

Coming up: October 11 - Czech Republic v England, Montenegro v Bulgaria; October 14 - Bulgaria v England, Kosovo v Montenegro

It`s starting to look like a case of when, not if, for England. After an entertaining win over nearest-rivals Kosovo last time out, they already have a four-point cushion inside the qualification places and a game in hand.

Watch highlights of England`s 5-3 win over Kosovo
Watch highlights of England`s 5-3 win over Kosovo

A win over Czech Republic on Friday will seal their path to the finals, and they could guarantee top spot too if they do the double and beat Bulgaria next week - or Kosovo fail to take maximum points at home to Montenegro.

The second spot is much more up for grabs. Czech Republic are currently second but could be leapfrogged by Kosovo if they fail to beat England on October 11. Montenegro and Bulgaria, both winless with two points each, will need something approaching a miracle to finish inside the top two.

Group A

P W D L Pts
England 4 4 0 0 12
Czech Republic 5 3 0 2 9
Kosovo 5 2 2 1 8
Montenegro 5 0 2 3 2
Bulgaria 5 0 2 3 2

Group B - Portugal have work to do

Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved that he’s still at the very top of his game with another four goals for Portugal in their European Qualifier against Lithuania
Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved that he’s still at the very top of his game with another four goals for Portugal in their European Qualifier against Lithuania

Coming up: October 11 - Portugal v Luxembourg, Ukraine v Lithuania; October 14 - Ukraine v Portugal, Lithuania v Serbia

Life is looking pretty rosy at the top of Group B for Ukraine, who look set to qualify for their third Euro finals in a row. A win over Lithuania on Friday would all-but see them through; four more points would definitely be enough.

Portugal are far from assured of a chance to retain the trophy they won in France in 2016, but they do have a game in hand over third-placed Serbia and a win over minnows Luxembourg would give them some breathing space.

Luxembourg`s unlikely shot at a place will be over with defeat to Portugal, while Lithuania must provide a huge shock in Ukraine if they want to keep their dreams alive.

Group B

P W D L Pts
Ukraine 5 4 1 0 13
Portugal 4 2 2 0 8
Serbia 5 2 1 2 7
Luxembourg 5 1 1 3 4
Lithuania 5 0 1 4 1

Group C - Qualification still in Northern Ireland`s hands

Jamal Lewis has been named in the Northern Ireland squad despite an elbow injury

Coming up: October 10 - Netherlands v Northern Ireland, Belarus v Estonia; October 13 - Belarus v Netherlands, Estonia v Germany

Northern Ireland`s perfect start was ripped apart by Germany last time out but Michael O`Neill`s side still have their destiny in their own hands. A tough trip to the Netherlands, who have been back with a bang over the past 12 months, awaits on Thursday night but even defeat in that wouldn`t be fatal, although it would be a bitter blow.

Leaders Germany could find themselves leapfrogged by Netherlands by the end of the international break, especially if they are held themselves by Estonia on Sunday, while Belarus must beat Estonia too to stand any outside chance.

Group C

P W D L Pts
Germany 5 4 0 1 12
Northern Ireland 5 4 0 1 12
Netherlands 4 3 0 1 9
Belarus 5 1 0 4 3
Estonia 5 0 0 5 0

Group D - Republic of Ireland in good shape

David McGoldrick scored his first Ireland goal five years after his international debut against Switzerland

Coming up: October 12 - Georgia v Republic of Ireland, Denmark v Switzerland; October 15 - Switzerland v Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar v Georgia

Republic of Ireland look in good shape after their comeback draw with Switzerland last month and beating Georgia next time out would leave them in sterling shape, especially with nearest challengers Denmark and Switzerland going head-to-head on the same night.

Should Switzerland fail to win that one, if Ireland take maximum points in Georgia it would give them a chance to qualify on Sunday.

Georgia`s surprise draw with Denmark last time out gave them their fourth point of qualifying, but they could be eliminated this weekend - worse news for Gibraltar, who have lost every game and are already out of contention.

Group D

P W D L Pts
Republic of Ireland 5 3 2 0 11
Denmark 5 2 3 0 9
Switzerland 4 2 2 0 8
Georgia 5 1 1 3 4
Gibraltar 5 0 0 5 0

Group E - Wales in with a chance

Aaron Ramsey will be assessed ahead of Wales` Euro Qualifiers

Coming up: October 10 - Croatia v Hungary, Slovakia v Wales; October 13 - Hungary v Azerbaijan, Wales v Croatia

Wales might be fourth in Group E but things are not all as they seem. A win over second-placed Slovakia on Thursday would take them level with a game in hand, and with first and third going head-to-head on the same night it`s near enough a must-win game for Ryan Giggs.

Croatia`s blip against Hungary aside they`ve been pretty consistent up at the top, but there`s a reason Hungary qualified for the last Euros and they`re very much still in it with nine points from five games.

Azerbaijan are already out, despite an eye-catching draw with Croatia in September.

Group E

P W D L Pts
Croatia 5 3 1 1 10
Slovakia 5 3 0 2 9
Hungary 5 3 0 2 9
Wales 4 2 0 2 6
Azerbaijan 5 0 1 4 1

Group F - Spain set for finals

Coming up: October 12 - Faroe Islands v Romania, Norway v Spain, Malta v Sweden; October 15 - Sweden v Spain, Romania v Norway, Faroe Islands v Malta

Spain`s perfect record has them as good as through and they can book their place in the finals this weekend.

Spain eased past Faroe Islands last time out
Spain eased past Faroe Islands last time out

That aside second place is up in the air, with Sweden, Romania and Norway separated by two points with two games to go. Romania will be very pleased they`re the only side of the three not to play Spain this weekend - and they host Norway next Tuesday in a game that could have big consequences.

Further down Malta and Faroe Islands are both way back, with only three points to show between them - although that will definitely change when they go head-to-head next Tuesday.

Group F

P W D L Pts
Spain 6 6 0 0 18
Sweden 6 3 2 1 11
Romania 6 3 1 2 10
Norway 6 2 3 1 9
Malta 6 1 0 5 3
Faroe Islands 6 0 0 6 0

Group G - It`s tight at the top

Coming up: October 10 - Latvia v Poland, Austria v Israel, North Macedonia v Slovenia; October 13 - Poland v North Macedonia, Slovenia v Austria

It`s all a little bit congested at the top of Group G, with only five points separating the top five teams. Poland, who are two points clear of Slovenia, have taken the bull by the horns and have pointless Latvia up next, so will be confident of earning at least one win this week.

Slovenia`s run of three wins in a row has lifted them up to second but they have Austria, who are a point behind them, breathing down their necks.

North Macedonia and Israel are five points behind Poland, but with 12 points to play for from the final four games, they are still in contention for the qualification places.

Group G

P W D L Pts
Poland 6 4 1 1 13
Slovenia 6 3 2 1 11
Austria 6 3 1 2 10
North Macedonia 6 2 2 2 8
Israel 6 2 2 2 8
Latvia 6 0 0 6 0

Group H - A big week for France

Kingsley Coman (R) celebrates with Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud

Coming up: October 11 - Iceland v France, Turkey v Albania, Andorra v Moldova; October 14 - France v Turkey, Iceland v Andorra, Moldova v Albania

It`s a pivotal week in Group H as France get set to face Iceland and Turkey. Two wins from two for Didier Deschamps` side, who currently sit second in the group behind Turkey on goal difference and three points ahead of third-placed Iceland, would see them take a huge stride towards qualification.

Albania, who are six points behind Turkey and France, will be hoping they can still sneak into the qualification spots with four games to go, but there`s not much room for error for Edoardo Reja`s side.

Group H

P W D L Pts
Turkey 6 5 0 1 15
France 6 5 0 1 15
Iceland 6 4 0 2 12
Albania 6 3 0 3 9
Moldova 6 1 0 5 3
Andorra 6 0 0 6 0

Group I - One last chance for Scotland

Coming up: October 10 - Kazakhstan v Cyprus, Belgium v San Marino, Russia v Scotland; October 13 - Kazakhstan v Belgium, Cyprus v Russia, Scotland v San Marino

Belgium have a perfect record in qualification so far and they can confirm their place in next summer`s tournament with victory against San Marino or a draw between Kazakhstan and Cyprus.

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