England gets Netherlands, Portugal drawn with Switzerland in Nations League Finals

Portugal will fancy its chances of reaching the Nations League final after being drawn with Switzerland, avoiding England and Netherlands.

Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't featured for the Portugal since the World Cup.   -  AFP

Reigning European champion Portugal was drawn against Switzerland in the Nations League semifinals, while England goes up against Netherlands.

Fernando Santos will be hoping to guide his team to a second successive European trophy in June, with Portugal hosting the final rounds of UEFA's inaugural competition.

Portugal has avoided the highest-ranked side in the final four, with England set to go up against Ronaldo Koeman's resurgent Oranje in a potentially gripping contest.

Gareth Southgate's men clinched a spot in the Finals thanks to a 2-1 win over World Cup finalist Croatia, building on their own positive showing in Russia this year.

Although some will argue Portugal has received the kindest possible draw, Switzerland is just two places below it in FIFA's world rankings and qualified ahead of Belgium thanks to a 5-2 win over Roberto Martinez's side last month.

 

Portugal will play host to Switzerland on June 5, with England and Netherlands in action a day later. Porto's Estadio do Dragao and Estadio D. Afonso Henriques in Guimaraes are the proposed venues.

The winners of the two games will face each other in the final on June 9.

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