Nations League draw simulated with England landing group with one of world’s best players

TOMORROW’S Nations League draw has been simulated by SunSport.

And England’s defence will be on high alert after potentially landing a date with Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland.

SunSport simulated England's Nations League draw


SunSport simulated England’s Nations League drawCredit: AP
The simulation paired Erling Haaland's Norway with Man City pal John Stones


The simulation paired Erling Haaland’s Norway with Man City pal John StonesCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions will compete in League B after being relegated from League A.

England find themselves in Pot 1 along with Austria, Wales and the Czech Republic.

And fans are braced to discover which teams from Pot 2, Pot 3 and Pot 4 they will be put alongside.

But SunSport has simulated the draw a day in advance to discover what England’s group could end up looking like.

And it’s bad news for Kyle Walker and John Stones, who were paired with Man City teammate Haaland.

Norway were the team that came out of Pot 2 in the simulation, leaving Finland, Ukraine and Iceland behind.

The Scandinavian side will look to Haaland for inspiration in the Nations League, with the hitman netting 27 goals in just 29 appearances for his country.

Norway also boast other stars like Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, Brentford defender Kristoffer Ajer and coveted Benfica midfielder Fredrik Aursnes.


And England will be desperately hoping to avoid Norway when push comes to shove in tomorrow’s official draw.

Elsewhere in SunSport’s simulation, Albania came out of Pot 3 to join England and Norway.

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Their star player is Chelsea striker Armando Broja, currently on loan at Fulham.

But like Norway, they also boast some good names in Lazio defender Elseid Hysaj, Inter Milan midfielder Kristjan Allsani and Brentford goalkeeper Tomas Strakosha.

And Albania’s entry left Slovenia, Montenegro and the Republic of Ireland in Pot 3.

As for the final Pot 4, our simulation saw Greece emerge ahead of Turkey, Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Should England actually land them in tomorrow’s draw, Greece will certainly be no walkovers.

Nottingham Forest goalie Odysseas Vlachodimos, Liverpool left-back Kostas Tsimikas and West Ham defender Dinos Mavropanos are all key players.

And England fans will be hoping for a more forgiving group when tomorrow’s official draw takes place in Paris from 5pm.

Elsewhere, Wales’ simulated draw saw them land Ukraine, Montenegro and Turkey.

As for the Republic of Ireland, they got Czechia, Finland and Georgia.

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