sport news Your guide to the UEFA Nations League draw as England and Co await their fate

The UEFA Nations League is back with Europe's national teams set to discover their fate when the draw is held in Amsterdam at 5pm UK time on Tuesday evening.

Portugal won the inaugural staging of the tournament on home soil last year with Holland, England and Switzerland also making it through to the finals in Porto.

With the three-team group format and the very real threat of relegation hanging over even the biggest teams, the first edition of the Nations League was judged a success.

Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the trophy after Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League

Cristiano Ronaldo lifts the trophy after Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League 

England reached the Nations League semi-finals but there was dejection after a loss to Holland

England reached the Nations League semi-finals but there was dejection after a loss to Holland

However, UEFA have made some quite drastic alterations this time around which may remove that sense of jeopardy and reduce the entertainment levels.

The draw could leave England with a dream draw of , Bosnia and Iceland, or they could face a daunting group containing France, Germany and Denmark.  

Sportsmail takes you through all the changes and what we can expect from the 2020-21 Nations League.

So the Nations League has been given a second series then?

Yes, indeed. UEFA judged the first tournament, held in 2018 and 2019, to be a success and, in fairness, it was.

We had England's dramatic progress through a tough group that contained Spain and Croatia, with Gareth Southgate's men winning 3-2 in Seville and then going from relegation to top spot in the space of seven minutes against Croatia.

Then we had Germany finishing unceremoniously bottom of a group featuring Holland and France, plus Switzerland's thrilling fightback from two goals down to beat Belgium 5-2 and reach the final four.

Harry Kane scored as England launched a thrilling Wembley fightback to beat Croatia 2-1

Harry Kane scored as England launched a thrilling Wembley fightback to beat Croatia 2-1

Germany should have been relegated to the second tier but UEFA's format change saved them

Germany should have been relegated to the second tier but UEFA's format change saved them

The finals tournament, staged in and around Porto last summer, was pretty good too. England lost dramatically in extra time to Holland, while a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick saw Portugal past Switzerland.

In the final, a goal from Goncalo Guedes saw Portugal beat Holland to the delight of the home crowd at Porto's Estadio do Dragao as Ronaldo and Co lifted the Nations League trophy.

Hang on, so you're saying the mighty Germans were relegated? That's embarrassing for them!

Not quite. UEFA in their wisdom decided that the Nations League could already do with a revamp and so they have replaced the three-team leagues with four-team leagues for this year.

As a result, those relegated from the elite League A last time - Germany, Iceland, Poland and Croatia - have all been reprieved. Likewise those who'd dropped from League B to League C and so on.

Virgil van Dijk celebrates after Holland fought back to draw with Germany and qualify

Virgil van Dijk celebrates after Holland fought back to draw with Germany and qualify 

So Germany et al remain part of an expanded League A which has gone from having 12 teams to 16, if you also include Ukraine, Sweden, Bosnia Herzegovina and Denmark, who were promoted from League B last time.

Similarly the second tier League B now has 16 nations in it, as does League C. League D, the bottom level for the continental minnows, now only has seven countries and so will have one group of four and one of three.

So that means more Nations League group games presumably?

Correct. In Leagues A-C, there will now be six group games instead of just four as each country plays the others both home and

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