Hull City will play in Europe

Steve Bruce has led Hull City into Europe. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Hull City will play European football next season.

The Tigers' qualification for the Europa League as FA Cup finalists was confirmed by Manchester City's 3-2 victory at Everton on Saturday evening.

That meant Hull's Wembley opponents Arsenal will finish fourth in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League, thereby guaranteeing City a maiden adventure in Europe next season - whatever the result of the cup final.

However victory at Wembley on May 17 would see The Tigers go into the Europa League group stages in September, whereas entering as FA Cup runners-up would mean beginning the competition in the third qualifying round in July and early August.