Kevin De Bruyne hit out at UEFA and referred to as subsequent summer season’s Euro 2020 ‘a faux competitors’, as Belgium already know who they’ll play within the group stage.
The draw takes place stay on talkSPORT 2 at 5pm at present, however the Crimson Devils received’t be paying a lot consideration to it – they know who might be becoming a member of them in Group B.
Attributable to seedings and guidelines involving host nations, three of the 4 groups in Group B have already been decided, with Belgium assured to face Denmark and Russia subsequent summer season.
The official Euro 2020 draw is scheduled for November 30, however Roberto Martinez’s males have the uncommon benefit of already understanding who their opponents might be.
For the primary time, the European Championships might be performed in 12 host cities from 12 nations, with Wembley Stadium staging the semi-finals and ultimate.
Belgium be part of Italy, England, Germany, Spain and Ukraine within the prime seeds, however FOUR of these sides are internet hosting this particular version of the match.
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Solely Belgium and Ukraine are compelled to journey for ALL of their video games, which implies Belgium should be in a pot with two nations who ARE internet hosting.
In Pot 2, solely Holland and Russia are hosts, however Ukraine – the opposite non-hosting Pot 1 aspect – can’t be paired up with Russia as a consequence of political tensions, which means Belgium will 100 per cent face Russia.
In Pot 3, Denmark are the one host nation, and so Belgium should be part of them in Group B.
Belgium at the moment are solely ready to search out out who the fourth workforce of their group might be.
They be part of Wales – whose win over Hungary final week sealed their place within the finals – and Finland in Pot 4, together with 4 play-off winners who’re nonetheless to be determined.
On the ‘mounted’ draw, a cynical De Bruyne moaned on Belgian TV: “It’s a disgrace, a scandal, truthfully.
“This looks like competitors distortion, a faux competitors. Soccer just isn’t actually soccer any extra, it’s changing into a enterprise.”
The Netherlands are in the same place – they’ve already been positioned in Group C with Ukraine.
And that baffled head coach Ronald Koeman, who has questioned if he must hassle turning up for the draw.
“I don’t actually perceive this new format,” he informed Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“I’ve requested my federation if I nonetheless have to hassle going to the draw on November 30.”
The difficult draw additionally means England may probably be positioned within the match’s ‘Group of Dying’.
The Three Lions are prime seeds after storming their qualification marketing campaign, however they may face World Cup holders France – who’re among the many second seeds – and defending European champions Portugal – among the many third seeds – of their group.