The England national team pulled out a lucky ticket in qualifying for Euro 2020 – in the group, Gareth Southgate’s team ended up with the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Montenegro. In such a company, the “three lions” felt more than confident and predictably turned out to be the strongest in it – the second Czech Republic ended up at a distance of six points, Kosovo was 10 points behind at all. After a successful campaign in the selection for the European Championship, the British were in for a real failure in the League of Nations. In the group with Belgium, Denmark and Iceland, England was considered one of the main contenders for the first line, but in the end it turned out to be the third. It should be noted that the British were ahead of the fourth Iceland by 10 points.
The Croatian national team, unlike its today’s rival, had to fight for a ticket to the European Championship. In the group “checkers” were together with Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan. Almost until the last round, the fate of the first line remained unknown, but in the end, Zlatko Dalich’s team guaranteed it, being ahead of Wales by only three points. In the League of Nations, Croatia performed simply ugly. The group was very strong – except for the Croats, France, Portugal and Sweden fought for a ticket to the playoffs. As a result, all the achievements of the Croats in this tournament were limited to three points. Thanks to a 2: 1 victory over Sweden, they managed to bypass it and stay in League “A”, but at the same time the Croatians were 10 points behind the second Portugal.