Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

UEFA Nations League Starting XI: Germany vs France

UEFA Nations League Starting XI: Germany vs France

All that matters is that it presents Scotland with another chance to end their hiatus from worldwide competitions, which dates back to the World Cup in France 20 years ago.

Manufactures Adidas designed the ball which features the colourful imagery that helps make up the Nations League logo, which is also prominent on the trophy.

Joachim Low has ruled out any possibility of Mesut Ozil returning to the Germany squad as the national team manager begins the rebuilding process at the Uefa Nations League following a calamitous World Cup.

With only four games to decide who finishes atop the group both nations share with the Netherlands.

Gareth Southgate's England are back in action for the first time since the World Cup when they play Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday. All of Leagues A and B plus one group in C, Scotland's on this occasion, contain only three nations, meaning a total of four matches per team.

Group fixtures will take place September to November this year, with teams playing each other home and away.

The deal, which covers TV and digital channels, comes after the company secured the rights for other high profile football tournaments including the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

At least one League D team - possibly Azerbaijan, Belarus or Luxembourg, for instance - will qualify for Euro 2020.

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World champions France will be up against a German side eager to make amends for their World Cup disappointment. Each of the four leagues will hold four finals in March 2020, and the four winners will complete the 24-team field at Euro 2020.

World Cup semi-finalists England host Spain a day later while Switzerland take on Iceland in the other League A clash on the first matchday.

The matches are set to be played on Thursdays, ahead of Europa League matches.

Forty teams from Concacaf will compete in the Nations League, which is, essentially, a three-league competition.

Germany's defence of their title ended with a disastrous group-stage exit in Russian Federation, the country's earliest elimination since falling in the first round of the 1938 tournament. Meanwhile, 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia saw a total cumulative reach of 254 million viewers on SPN (BARC, includes live matches, wraparound shows, highlights, repeats, surround programming of FIFA World Cup, SPN Sports Network, terrestrial network, Sony LIV).

This will be played off during a window of worldwide fixtures in September, October and November previously used to host global friendly matches. The winners of each group throughout the four leagues will automatically gain a place in the play-offs for the 2020 European Championships.

Last week Deschamps named a largely unchanged squad for Les Bleus' first matches since their World Cup triumph, replacing only the injured goalkeeper Steve Mandanda with Bordeaux's Benoît Costil.

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