Eric Dier: England returned from Russian Federation with new-found respect

Gareth Bale has joined up with his Wales team-mates ahead of Thursday's clash with Ireland

That effectively guarantees one minnow will qualify (the highest seeding pot from League D consists of Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus and Georgia), which can be seen as a positive or negative depending on whether you regard the tournament as being about spreading the game or pitting the best sides against each other.

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The French looked to be nursing a post-World Cup hangover, lacking their usual speed and creativity and but for Areola's key saves in the second half the final scoreline would have been different.

For example, the four group winners from League D will play each other for a Euro 2020 spot, meaning there is an incentive to perform well no matter how low down the pyramid.

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It goes without saying that England want to build on the positivity in the country after reaching the World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation, and while a poor performance could prove deflating there is every reason to be optimistic about England's chances of winning the whole thing.

Joachim Low's Germany suffered one of their biggest lows at the recently-concluded Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation as they failed to get past the group stages.

The Germany vs France match in the UEFA Nations League is being played at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

Their high-intensity passing game failed to pay dividends in Russian Federation and the need of the hour is soul searching. Mesut Oezil has quit the team after claiming that he had faced "racism and disrespect" due to his Turkish roots, while Leroy Sane, Nils Petersen and Jonathan Tah are in the squad, as well as newcomers Kai Havertz, 19, Thilo Kehrer, 21, and Nico Schulz, 25.

Low reposed his faith in the old guns in Russian Federation, controversially dropping the in-form Leroy Sane from his World Cup squad, a move he may be regretting now.

"Players (Ozil) who have resigned will not have a role to play in future. But we want to show we're worthy World Champions and win the game", the 24-year-old told kicker.

Paul Pogba will be playing on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? This could be his last chance.

Les Bleus are trying to build a legacy for themselves and Joachim Low's Germany will be trying to reclaim theirs. It promises to be a mouth-watering spectacle.

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