All You Need to Know about the Nations League Final
Now that England have made it into the Nations League final stage, it is about time we looked into what will actually happen next summer, and the key dates that all England fans need to know. The Nations League has been a huge success so far, it has given us some great, competitive England games to enjoy over the past couple of months, with yesterday's win over Croatia being a huge highlight. England will be one of four teams in the final stage, and in with a chance of winning an important piece of silverware. This young England team continues to impress and be praised, could they land their first international trophy next June? Here is all you need to know about next summer.
3rd December: The draw is made for the Nations League semi finals
5th June 2019: Semi-final 1 will take place
6th June 2019: Semi-final 2 will take place
9th June 2019: 3rd/4th place playoff will take place
9th June 2019: First ever Nations League final will take place
Where will the games take place?
Portugal has been chosen to host the inaugural Nations League Finals. Alongside Italy and Poland, who were in their group, they applied to host the tournament. The winners of the group would be determined as the host, and it was Portugal who wrapped that group up. The stadiums of Porto and Guimaraes are the proposed venues for the games, although this will be officially confirmed on the 3rd December.
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Four teams will head to Portugal next summer, and three of the four are already known, with one group still to be decided. Portugal are the hosts and in the final, they are joined by England and Switzerland so far, with either France or Holland rounding off the four and making it through. They play each other to determine who wins their group, and the winner will be the one to advance. The bookmakers have England priced up as the 9/4 favourites to win the title next summer, with hosts Portugal and France at 3/1, Switzerland at 5/1 and Holland at 8/1. Should France qualify officially then expect to see them moved into favouritism ahead of England.