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2017 Under-21 qualifying so far

Qualifying for the 2017 finals in Poland resumes next week with the first full double-header fixtures but some games have already taken place. Here is the state of play.

Simon Tibbling, a 2015 winner with Sweden, remains eligible for 2017 qualifying
Simon Tibbling, a 2015 winner with Sweden, remains eligible for 2017 qualifying ©Sportsfile

For the first time, there will be 12 teams in the final tournament
Hosts Poland will be joined by 11 qualifiers in the finals in June 2017
The nine group winners qualify automatically
The four runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their group will go into the play-offs for the remaining two berths

Czech Republic 2015
Winners: Sweden
Runners-up: Portugal
Semi-finals: Denmark, Germany
Group stage: Czech Republic, England, Italy, Serbia

Poland 2017 qualifying: the story so far ...

Group 1
4 September: Moldova v Montenegro, Latvia v Belgium, Czech Republic v Malta
8 September: Latvia v Czech Republic, Montenegro v Malta

• While 2015 finals hosts the Czech Republic are yet to start their campaign, other teams are well into theirs. Malta lead the way with four points after drawing 0-0 in Moldova and beating Latvia 2-1. Belgium and Montenegro have also defeated Moldova.

The Andorra team that beat Lithuania
The Andorra team that beat Lithuania©FAF

Group 2
4 September: Slovenia v Lithuania
8 September: Italy v Slovenia, Andorra v Republic of Ireland, Serbia v Lithuania.

• Only three games have been played, with Andorra losing 1-0 in Ireland and 4-0 in Slovenia before edging Lithuania 1-0 for their first-ever U21 qualifying win at the 33rd attempt. Andorra had never previously managed more than one point in a campaign.

Group 3
5 September: Northern Ireland v Scotland, FYR Macedonia v Ukraine, Iceland v France
8 September: Iceland v Northern Ireland

• In the only match held so far, Iceland – who have finished at least second in two of their last three qualifying campaigns – saw off FYR Macedonia 3-0.

Israel's Omri Altman is joint-top qualifying scorer on two
Israel's Omri Altman is joint-top qualifying scorer on two©IFA

Group 4
3 September: Liechtenstein v Hungary, Albania v Israel
7 September: Liechtenstein v Greece
8 September: Albania v Portugal

Liechtenstein have gone down at home in both group fixtures played so far, 2-0 to Albania and 4-0 against Israel.

Group 5
4 September: Luxembourg v Wales, Romania v Bulgaria
8 September: Armenia v Romania, Bulgaria v Luxembourg

• Two games have taken place, Wales dispatching Bulgaria 3-1 in March and Romania defeating Armenia 3-0 in June.

Watch: Sweden take 2015 title

Group 6
2 September: Estonia v Spain
3 September: Croatia v Georgia, Sweden v San Marino
7 September: Estonia v Croatia

• San Marino have figured in both matches to date, staged in June. They succumbed 3-0 at home to Georgia but then drew 0-0 in Estonia, making it the third consecutive campaign where San Marino have mustered at least a point. Sweden and Spain have won the last three titles between them.

Group 7
4 September: Azerbaijan v Austria, Finland v Russia
8 September: Azerbaijan v Germany, Austria v Russia, Finland v Faroe Islands

• Azer Salahli's 81st-minute goal gave Azerbaijan a 1-0 victory in the Faroe Islands in the sole Group 7 fixture so far.

Will Hughes remains eligible for England
Will Hughes remains eligible for England©Getty Images

Group 8
4 September: Netherlands v Cyprus
6 September: Belarus v Slovakia
8 September: Turkey v Netherlands

• No games have been played till now in one of the two five-team groups.

Group 9
2 September: Bosnia and Herzegovina v Kazakhstan
7 September: Kazakhstan v Switzerland, Norway v England

• In the other five-sided section, Norway got past Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 in June. England are seeking to keep up their record of qualifying for every final tournament since the switch to odd-numbered years in 2007.

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