In the event that Ireland do come through the March games, their Euro 2020 group schedule has already been determined.
The pick of the groups will see Portugal meet up with world champions France, who they beat in the 2016 final, Germany and one of the play-off teams.
The very names hold uncomfortable memories for England and will provide the acid test of Southgate's claim that they are moving closer to that elite group.
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The group itself has its hazards, none more than Croatia, who may be past the peak that took them to the World Cup Final in 2018 where they lost to France, but who have a knack of pulling together as a united force at tournament time. Like the team itself, Modric may be past his best but take Croatia lightly at your peril.
Luis Enrique and his coaching staff will know the Swedish team fairly well as a result and be aware that they have a good recent history of causing pain for European heavyweights, knocking both the Netherlands and Italy out of qualifying for recent global competitions. They have shown they can rise to it and England must beware.
England, who were drawn in Group D, will play their opening match at Wembley against Croatia on June 14. Wales won their last meeting with Switzerland, a Euro qualifier in October 2011. Glasgow's Hampden Park is paired with the north London stadium in Group D but Scotland has to qualify by beating Israel and either Norway or Serbia. Otherwise, the victor of Path B goes into Group C.