Harry Kane is targeting Nations League glory in 2019 and believes success in Portugal will boost England's Euro 2020 chances.

The Three Lions enjoyed a fine 12 months in 2018, reaching the World Cup semi-finals and then emerging from a tough group to reach the Nations League Finals, pipping Croatia and Spain in dramatic fashion.

Not every nation has appeared to treat the inaugural edition of the competition as a major tournament, but Kane is confident that victory at the end of the season - when England face Netherlands in the last four before a potential final three days later - would provide a platform for the European Championship.

"The Nations League is an opportunity to win a trophy and if we win one then hopefully it will be easier to win another," the England captain told The Telegraph. "It will give us a real confidence and belief going into the Euros.

"We are in a great position for 2019 and hopefully we can take that into the Euros after that. The World Cup felt like the start of something and that's the most important thing.

"The summer was amazing but it was so, so important that we carried on.

"When we look back at the World Cup, there were performances in which we could have done better and the next motivation, the next step, is putting that right.

"We've put in some big games – beating Spain away, Croatia at home - and it feels like we are still ticking those boxes, as we were doing in the summer, that will make us better."

England have not won a senior international honour since the 1966 World Cup, reaching the 1990 semi-finals and the last four at Euro 96 before matching that performance in Russia last year.

England need to start getting used to being favourites after being given a kind Euro 2020 qualification draw, according to manager Gareth Southgate.

Oliver Bierhoff says Germany will be itching for revenge against Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Die Mannschaft endured a miserable 2018, with their World Cup defence ending at the group stages, while they were relegated from League A of the inaugural Nations League.

The latter disappointment included a 3-0 loss to the Dutch in October before the return match finished in dramatic circumstances as late goals from Quincy Promes and Virgil van Dijk earned Ronald Koeman's men a 2-2 draw and a semi-final berth.

In a coincidental twist, Germany will have a quick chance to avenge those losses against their rivals after being drawn alongside Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus in Group C of qualifying for Euro 2020, much to the delight of DFB general manager Bierhoff.

"It could have been harder for us," he said.

"We are happy that we have the [chance for] revenge against the Netherlands. 

"We know that our way back to the top of the world must lead us through tough opponents."

France's ambition of completing a World Cup and Euros double starts in qualifying Group H alongside Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra.

Despite having a favourable-looking draw, head coach Deschamps implored Les Bleus not to take the task lightly.

"There are teams that we know well because we usually meet them like Iceland and Albania," he said.

"There will be a trip to Turkey, where it is always a very hot atmosphere.

"We realise that all matches are difficult. The qualifications are a long course and we will have to take more points than our opponents. 

"There are no small matches and we will have to play them all with the seriousness and concentration necessary to achieve our goal."

Netherlands will take on Germany in the pick of the groups for Euro 2020 qualifying.

Joachim Low's side will meet Oranje in Group C, which also contains Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus.

Holders Portugal take on Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg, while world champions France face Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra.

Below are the groups in full for the qualifying phase, which begins on March 21 next year and runs until November.

Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo 

Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg 

Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus 

Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar 

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan 

Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta 

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia 

Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra 

Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino 

Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein

Germany have been drawn against Netherlands in Group C for Euro 2020 qualifying.

Joachim Low's side lost 3-0 and drew 2-2 with Oranje in Group 1 as they were relegated in the inaugural Nations League and the two will lock horns again to reach the European Championship finals in two years' time.

They share Group C with Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus.

Reigning European champions Portugal will meet Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg in Group B.

World Cup-winners France face Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra in Group H, while Spain are in Group F alongside Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands and Malta.

England are in Group A with Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Belgium, in Group I, face Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino, while Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein are in Group J.

Qualifiers begin on March 21 next year and run until November. The top two from each group will progress automatically to the finals, while four places will be up for grabs in play-offs, which take place in March 2020.

The play-offs are contested by the four group winners of each league of the Nations League, unless those teams earn an automatic spot through qualifying, in which case the play-off spot will go to the next-best-ranked side in the respective leagues.

These matches are one-off games, rather than two-legged ties.The highest-ranked teams will host each semi-final.

Republic of Ireland may have been relegated in the Nations League, but Martin O'Neill is adamant his side will be competitive in the "games that matter".

O'Neill's men were involved in a goalless draw in Denmark on Monday, concluding their League B campaign with just two points, yet the manager was not too dismayed by their demotion.

The former Celtic boss instead has his focus trained on next year's Euro 2020 qualification campaign, where he believes Ireland's young stars will deliver.

"We've had in the four competitive games this season, I think, eight debutants, so players are getting used to playing with each other," O'Neill told Sky Sports.

"When it comes to the big games, I think the players will be ready. We've done it in the past. It's exactly what we've done in the past.

"We went into the Euros [in 2016] and we were very, very strong. We got to the play-offs in the World Cup too. We've been very, very strong when it comes to the games that matter."

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen offered a less flattering analysis of his opponents, claiming Ireland's conservative tactics hinted at a fear stemming from their 5-1 play-off defeat last year.

"It was a difficult game to play," Eriksen said. "Ireland wasted a lot of time when they could and they rarely went forward. It was difficult to break them down.

"There was a lot of defending on their side. We were playing against 11 men in their own half. They have played like this in every game we've played.

"Of course, in the second game in Ireland, they wanted to go forward, but they know what happened when they went forward. Maybe that's why they're too scared."

Aleksander Ceferin will continue as UEFA's president after European football's governing body announced he will not be challenged in next February's elections.

Ceferin, who succeeded Michel Platini in 2016, was nominated for a second term as president in August.

The former head of the Football Association of Slovenia is now set to remain in charge of UEFA for another four years.

The elections are set to be held in Rome on February 7, but Ceferin's extension in the role is now a formality.

Earlier this week, Ceferin made it clear he would firmly oppose against alleged plans to formulate a European Super League while head of UEFA, telling Kicker: "I will fight and do all I can against such a league for as long as I am here."

In a media release on Thursday, UEFA also revealed the confirmed candidates for FIFA vice-president positions and seats on the FIFA Council.

Sandor Csanyi will continue for another four-year term as a FIFA vice-president after he was also unchallenged, while Football Association chairman Greg Clarke and Irish FA president David Martin will compete for the position reserved for the four British associations.

German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel will be re-elected to the FIFA Council for four years, with Fernando Gomes of Portugal and Cyprus' Georgios Koumas taking on two-year terms.

All candidates must pass eligibility checks carried out by the FIFA Review Committee.

UEFA's inaugural Nations League competition is approaching the end of its preliminary phase.

Germany head coach Joachim Low is disappointed and confused by Mesut Ozil's apparent disinterest in holding face-to-face talks. 

Germany will host Euro 2024 after seeing off a rival bid from Turkey, UEFA has confirmed.

It will be the first major international tournament staged in the country since the 2006 World Cup.

Germany are

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used in UEFA tournaments including the Champions League from next season, European football's governing body has confirmed.

VAR will also feature in the finals of Euro

Philipp Lahm welcomed UEFA publishing their bid evaluation report as Germany received a boost to their chances of beating Turkey in the race to host Euro 2024. 

England manager Gareth Southgate is not sure if he will continue in his role beyond the 2020 European Championship.

The inaugural 2018-19 UEFA Nations League begins this week, with matches taking place across the continent.

UEFA's bold new competition aims to replace a large portion of friendlies with more competitive fixtures against similarly ranked teams. 

Aleksandar Ceferin has been nominated to continue in the role of UEFA president for a second term. 

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