England must get used to being favourites – Southgate

Gareth Southgate is happy England are favourites for their Euro 2020 qualifying group, adamant they need to get familiar with that feeling.

England need to start getting used to being favourites after being given a kind Euro 2020 qualification draw, according to manager Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions were drawn into Group A on Saturday and will face Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in their bid to reach the tournament.

England's Nations League exploits mean they are already assured of at least a play-off spot, as they finished top of their group ahead of Spain and Croatia, while they also impressed at the World Cup earlier this year.

The country have captured the imagination of supporters for an entertaining brand of football and Southgate's trust in young players, though the manager has told his players to start experiencing the pressure of expectation.

"We're favourites and that's something we've got to start getting used to anyway," Southgate told reporters.

"We're going to have high expectations over the next few years and adapting to that is probably key to our development as a team. Look, it's up to us, isn't it?

"I think it can be a really exciting 18 months. We've got this coming summer to look forward to and then a big chance because we host [some games at Euro 2020] and we have to make sure we are there.

"That could be an incredibly exciting two-year period from the World Cup right through and a great opportunity for our players."

England will find out their Nations League semi-final opponent on Monday, with Switzerland, Portugal and Netherlands joining them in the last four.