Guardian sports writer Matt Turner takes a look at the latest from Euro 2020...

IT had to be them, didn’t it?

After England secured top spot in Group D by beating the Czech Republic on Tuesday, all eyes were on the finale of Group F to see who their last 16 opponents would be.

In a group containing world champions France, defending European champions Portugal and perennial powerhouses Germany, it was always likely to be a big name.

It looked for a fair while like Hungary – the perceived weaker team in what was billed as the “Group of Death” – would stun everybody and qualify as they took the lead twice against the Germans.

However, Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser secured second spot for Germany and as a result, a trip to Wembley to face the Three Lions.

There had been theories bandied around about England perhaps being better off finishing second in their group to secure a slightly easier knockout tie.

After all, they did so in the last World Cup to great success as a path opened up to take them to the semi finals.

However, that’s not a view I really subscribed to.

Home advantage could be key and to secure that, only finishing first would do.

And ultimately, if England have ambitions of going deep into this tournament, they are going to have to beat some elite teams along the way. There is no point trying to avoid them.

And besides, Croatia who did finish second in our group are now tasked with facing Spain, which isn’t exactly a “gimme.”

Performances may not have been entirely convincing, particularly in the 0-0 draw with Scotland on Friday, but Gareth Southgate’s side did what they had to do.

Defence was the main concern going into the tournament but we have got through our three group games without conceding a goal.

No doubt we need to step up again and it will take a big performance to beat Germany, but we should not be going into the game with any fear.

As for the rest of the last-16 ties, there are some tasty ones.

The afore-mentioned Croatia v Spain clash should be an excellent game, with both sides appearing to be hitting a bit of form, while Belgium’s clash with Portugal on Sunday pits two of the favourites against each other.

Before then, though, we’ve got two days without any games…anyone else feel a little bereft?