WALES have drawn world number one ranked side Belgium in next year’s Nations League.

Wales success in the  2020-21 competition saw them promoted to the top tier League A and they could have been drawn with European Championship runners up England in this evening's draw.

Meanwhile Real Madrid has confirmed Wales star Gareth Bale is one of four players at the club to have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Belgians are familiar opponents for Wales. The sides faced each other in qualification for next year’s World Cup, with Belgium topping Group E and Wales finishing second to earn a play-off tie next March.

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Wales lost the away fixture in March but drew 1-1 with the top ranked Belgium's in the final qualifier in Cardiff last month. 

The Netherlands and Poland have also been drawn to play Wales.

Wales face a World Cup play off in March

England face a reunion with European champions Italy in the Nations League and a fixture with Germany.

England’s first home match in the competition, which starts next June, will be played behind closed doors after UEFA sanctioned the Football Association over the disorder at the Euro 2020 final against Italy in July.

Scotland and the Republic of Ireland were drawn together in League B, having last played each other during qualification for Euro 2016. Scotland won 1-0 at home, while the return match in Dublin finished 1-1.

The other teams alongside them in Group B1 are Euro 2020 quarter-finalists Ukraine and Armenia.

Northern Ireland, who were relegated to League C in the 2020-21 competition, face 2004 European champions Greece in Group C2. They also face Kosovo and the winner of the playout tie between Cyprus and Estonia, which will be played in March next year.

A decision on whether, and how, the 2022-23 Nations League will slot into qualifying for Euro 2024 will be taken when the regulations for that tournament are fixed next June.

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