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UEFA Nations League: How it stands

After the latest round of fixtures, the UEFA Nations League picture is starting to become a bit clearer ahead of the final set of fixtures next month.

Here, we take a look at how those teams involving Chelsea players are faring, and whether or not they can reach the finals or gain promotion.

Belgium – Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi

Belgium are currently level with Switzerland on six points at the top of their group but crucially have a game in hand over their rivals, with Iceland already relegated.

Roberto Martinez’s side play Iceland at home and Switzerland away during the next international break and are well placed to qualify for the finals.
 

Croatia – Mateo Kovacic and Mario Pasalic

Croatia, who lost their opening game to Spain and then drew with England, are currently bottom of Group A4, three points behind Gareth Southgate’s side and five off the Spaniards.

However, they remain in the hunt and can progress to the finals by beating the other two teams in the group, who have played a game more, next month.
 

Czech Republic – Tomas Kalas

Czech Republic trail group leaders Ukraine by six points and cannot be promoted, but a point against Slovakia in their final fixture will ensure they avoid relegation.
 

Denmark – Andreas Christensen

The Danes are two points behind leaders Wales in Group B4 with a game in hand.

They will be promoted if they win in Wales in their next game, or if they draw and then beat Republic of Ireland.
 

England – Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount

England’s 3-2 win over Spain on Monday took them to within two points of Luis Enrique’s side, who are top of the group as it stands.

The Three Lions will seal a place as finalists if Spain fail to beat Croatia and England then beat the Croats in their last match.
 

France – N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma

The world champions have taken seven points from their three matches in the competition so far, most recently on Tuesday when they came from behind to beat Germany 2-1.

They require just a point from their final game, away against the Netherlands, in order to reach the finals.
 

Germany – Toni Rudiger

It’s been a disappointing campaign for Germany, who will be relegated if they fail to beat the Netherlands in their final game. A win for the Dutch against France would relegate Joachim Low’s side three days earlier. Rudiger missed their recent games. 
 

Italy – Jorginho, Emerson Palmieri

The Italians are two points behind Portugal, but they can reach the finals if they beat the European champions in their final fixture, and Portugal then fail to beat Poland.
 

Spain – Kepa, Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Alvaro Morata

The Spaniards, who are two points clear at the top of Group A4, will progress to the finals if they beat Croatia in their last fixture next month.
 

Wales – Ethan Ampadu

Wales play Denmark at home in their final game and, as they currently lead the Scandinavian side by two points, a victory for Ryan Giggs’s team would guarantee promotion.
 

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