#Explainer: All you need to know about UEFA Nations League

Joe Ledley and Co stretch out during agility drills on Monday at their Vale Resort training base

Joe Ledley and Co stretch out during agility drills on Monday at their Vale Resort training base

The match started out with an early scare for France, as right back Benjamin Pavard, who scored the goal of the tournament at the World Cup, was inadvertently stepped on by surging Germany left back Antonio Rudiger. Get ready for Germany vs France in the opening match of the inaugural edition of UEFA Nations League.

But Deschamps, whose side also face the Netherlands in their Nations League group, believes Germany are still capable of returning to their form of recent years. The top placed teams in league A take part in a playoff - which is the UEFA Nations League final - that will be held in June 2019.

Based on their rankings, nations have been drafted into four groups, each containing four leagues.

Group C1: Scotland, Albania and Israel.

It essentially means you could lose all your Euro 2020 qualification games and still qualify for the tournament via the Nations League. It would allow the supporters to go and enjoy themselves again.

"They don't go from one of the World Cup favourites to an average side now, because the main core is still there".

"Somebody said it's almost sold out and that's a good feeling, hopefully we get a good reception", said Trippier, whose fine displays at right wing-back made him one of England's breakout stars. Here's what we have to offer: read on to get a summary of all the main sports events that have been covered.

"Spain had a hard World Cup but they're still one of the best footballing nations and we want to compete against the best and beat the best".

Peter Grant shares a joke with Alex McLeish and James McFadden at training on Monday. "But we want to show we're worthy World Champions and win the game", the 24-year-old told kicker. We must have the confidence to defend and all players must participate in defending. "They're still a top team". "But this can be their opportunity - and we've hammered home the message to them not to allow it to pass them by".

Jerome Boateng was so poor at the World Cup that nobody would have been surprised had the tournament signalled the end of his global career. Kevin de Bruyne may be missing through injury but Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Vincent Kompany will all be lacing up their boots for a night at Hampden. Precisely, the last two have retired from the national team.

Grant said: "If football was on the television Shaun was always one of those guys who wanted to watch it and learn from it". They are doing the live broadcast of the much-anticipated clash.

Here's what you need to know about this global competition. However, Low will have to reinvent himself and his team if they are going to beat France. I think he has got his head around it now, but it took a lot of studying. But it is handed a lifeline when Turkey, the victor of its Nations League group, qualifies for the finals via the traditional route. When a player announces his resignation like that, you don't pick him for the squad eight or nine weeks later. With your country you are representing everybody. Ozil, who was one of the most important weapons in Joachim Loew's armoury leaves a huge void in the team.

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