How it works, format, structure and so on — UEFA Nations League

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

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

It is the first time that either side has played since their World Cup exploits which saw France lift the trophy and Germany crash out at the group stage.

Serbia, despite having topped Ireland's World Cup qualifying group find themselves in Group C along with Euro 2004 Winners Greece. The then-reigning world champs failed to escape from their group for the first time since 1938. Given his successful history with the national team, that was the right decision.

The 55 teams will then be split into groups made of four or three teams. The biggest question for Low ahead of the game against France, is the defense.

Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter of Germany and Nils Petersen of Germany controls the ball during a team Germany training session at Bayern Muenchen Campus on September 5, 2018. Germany might consider switching to a back three and moving Joshua Kimmich to midfield. There have been six draws as well, and the most recent encounter was in a friendly back in 2017, which ended in a stalemate.

Low called up numerous players who were named to Germany's provisional squad for the World Cup. Leroy Sane is in the squad after missing the World Cup, and all eyes will be on him after failing to win minutes with Manchester City at the start of the season.

The Germans shaded the possession statistics in the opening 20 minutes of the first half, although they only had one effort on target to show for their dominance.

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It's not because we lost six points that this is going to change. "I said that in the summer before the competition started". However, on Thursday, he said: "It's not me who's talking, I'm trying to do my job and work on myself physically".

They arrived at the World Cup as many people's favourites but, after sacking coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament and putting Fernando Hierro in temporary charge, their challenge spluttered before fizzling out in the last 16. France could start potentially 10 of the 11 players who started against Croatia in the final.

Lloris is out with a muscle injury. Benoit Costil, Alphonse Areola, and Benjamin Lecomte have one combined cap.

France are arriving with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele among their ranks. In addition, the top side in each group in League A will meet next summer to play for the title of Nations League champion. Mbappe also scored four goals and was named the best young player of the tournament.

With promotion and relegation brought to worldwide football and with an indirect route to Euro 2020 on offer, the UEFA Nations League sees 55 European national teams split into four leagues with groups of three or four teams each. Live streaming is available on ESPN+, which you can access with your cable or satellite subscriptions, either online or through the ESPN+ app.

With only four games to decide who finishes atop the group both nations share with the Netherlands. Germany do not play again until October 13, when they play the Dutch in Amsterdam.

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