City operators hoping to make Euro 2020 finals as play-off games drawn

PUBLISHED: 16:01 22 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:07 22 November 2019

Jamal Lewis is one of four Norwich City operators hoping they can progress to Euro 2020 through the new play-off qualification system. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Images

Jamal Lewis is one of four Norwich City operators hoping they can progress to Euro 2020 through the new play-off qualification system. Picture: Liam McBurney/PA Images

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The draw for the Euro 2020 play-offs have been made, with some Norwich City operators handed their last chance at qualifying for the finals next summer.

Scotland will face Israel in their one-legged play-off semi-final at Hampden Park in March, with City's Kenny McLean and Grant Hanley hoping to make the cut with the Scots bidding to make their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

McLean wasn't named in the Scotland squad that beat both Cyprus and Kazakhstan during the last international break due to a hamstring injury. The midfielder has featured in eight of the Canaries 12 Premier League games this season and is fit to face Everton on Saturday.

Hanley has been named in Clarke's squad on two occasions but injury has prevented him from adding to his 29 international caps.

Both will be hoping to stake a claim with positive performances for City ahead of the play-offs next year.

Scotland earned their play-off place by topping their respective Nations League Group C1, with opponents Israel coming second.

Should Scotland manage to beat Israel, a side 36 places below them in the Fifa rankings, then they will travel to Norway or Serbia to compete for a finals place just five days later.

Michael McGovern and Jamal Lewis could be among the Northern Ireland squad travelling to face Bosnia and Herzegovina in their first match in the Path B play-off route.

Lewis withdrew from the latest international squad after suffering a knee injury which will keep him out of Saturday's clash with Everton whilst McGovern is hoping to reclaim the number one shirt from Burnley 'keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Northern Ireland already knew their opponents, with Friday's draw deciding the host for each final. Should they progress, Windsor Park will be the stage for a play-off final against either the Republic of Ireland or Slovakia.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill was recently appointed Stoke City manager, although he has guaranteed he will remain in charge for the upcoming play-off campaign.

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