The Republic of Ireland have once again been drawn with Wales in the UEFA Nations League.
The sides met in that first competition too, with Ryan Gggs’ side winning both encounters.
The other sides in Group B4 are first-time Euro finalists Finland and Bulgaria, with Stephen Kenny set to be in charge when the competition gets underway in September.
âThat draw was as good as we could have got. If Stephen Kenny was watching back home he will be very happy,â said current Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy after the draw.
âWhen I see the Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary group, we could have been in there.
âWales are the stand-out side and they had a great 2016 European Championships and theyâre already looking forward to this summerâs finals.
âWeâve played Bulgaria and beaten them recently and that experience will be good for any of my players if they come up against them in the Nations League. I donât know a lot about Finland but Iâm sure the players will look forward to playing them in the group.
âThe Nations League is a good tournament. I enjoyed the games the first time around and the competitive nature of them – itâs so much better than friendlies.â
Scotland, who are due to take on Israel in a Euro 2020 qualification play-off later this month, will also face them in the 2020-21 Nations League.
Steve Clarke’s men will also face the Czech Republic and Slovakia in Group B2.
Northern Ireland were drawn in Group B1 alongside Austria, Norway and Romania.
England will take on Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in Group A2.
They faced Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side twice at the 2018 World Cup, once at the end of the group phase and again in the third-place play-off, losing on both occasions.
They are due to face the Danes in a friendly later this month, coronavirus-permitting, while they famously lost to Iceland in Nice at Euro 2016.
France and Croatia, who met in the 2018 World Cup final, were paired together in Group A3 while Spain and Germany go head to head in A4.
The group matches will be played between September and November this year.
The group winners from League A will contest the Nations League finals in June 2021, with one of them being selected to host it.
The competition also provides a back door to qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
The two highest-ranked Nations League group winners who do not either win their World Cup qualifying group or finish as runners-up will enter a 12-team play-off to secure the final three European places at the finals in Qatar.
Group A1: Poland, Bosnia, Italy, Netherlands
Group A2: Iceland, Denmark, Belgium, England
Group A3: Croatia, Sweden, France, Portugal
Group A4: Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Switzerland
Group B1: Romania, Northern Ireland, Norway, Austria
Group B2: Israel, Slovakia, Scotland, Czech Republic
Group B3: Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Russia
Group B4: Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Finland, Wales
Group C1: Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro
Group C2: Armenia, Estonia, North Macedonia, Georgia
Group C3: Moldova, Slovenia, Kosovo, Greece
Group C4: Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Belarus, Albania
Group D1: Malta, Andorra, Latvia, Faroe Islands
Group D2: San Marino, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar
– Updated with quotes at 7.15pm.