Few big teams need to sweat the 2020 European Championship qualifiers, but for Germany the pressure is already on.
After a terrible 2018, Joachim Loew’s new-look squad is aiming for revenge against the Netherlands, which helped relegate Germany in the inaugural Nations League last year.
Elsewhere in the opening two rounds of games, there’s a rematch from the 2016 European Championship as World Cup champion France hosts Iceland on Monday in Group H. England’s young squad faces two eastern European teams in the Czech Republic and Montenegro in Group A.
Qualifying for next year’s 24-team tournament is low-risk for many top teams, since two nations qualify from each of the 10 groups. The revamped playoff system means 16 countries have a safety net.