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England drawn with familiar minnows in Euro 2016 qualifying group

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By: Ahmed Osoble 23 Feb 2014 19:37:10

England drawn with familiar minnows in Euro 2016 qualifying group

England will be confident of progressing to Euro 2016 after being handed a favourable draw.

Roy Hodgson's men were drawn into Group E, a group consisting of San Marino, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia and Switzerland, formerly managed by Hodgson.

It is the second successive qualification campaign in which England will have to face Mediterranean minnows San Marino, having brushed them aside on their road to this year's World Cup in Brazil.

The FA, along with their German counterparts DFB, may have opposed UEFA's decision to expand the tournament from 16 teams to 24, but will atleast take comfort from the knowledge that their progression to the tournament will be even smoother.

Wales were drawn into a difficult Group B which includes the likes of Belgium and Bosnia. Scotland were handed the most strenuous assignment, drawing Germany and Poland along with the Republic of Ireland.

Full draw:

Group A

Holland

Czech Republic

Turkey

Latvia

Iceland

Kazakhstan

Group B

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Belgium

Israel

Wales

Cyprus

Andorra

Group C

Spain

Ukraine

Slovakia

Belarus

Macedonia

Luxembourg

Group D

Germany

Republic of Ireland

Poland

Scotland

Georgia

Gibraltar

Group E

England

Switzerland

Slovenia

Estonia

Lithuania

San Marino

Group F

Greece

Hungary

Romania

Finland

Northern Ireland

Faroe Islands

Group G

Russia

Sweden

Austria

Montenegro

Moldova

Liechtenstein

Group H

Italy

Croatia

Norway

Bulgaria

Azerbaijan

Malta

Group I

Portugal

Denmark

Serbia

Armenia

Albania

France*

*France qualify as hosts, but will play friendlies against teams in Group I. There will be no points awarded for games in which France figure, so these will have no affect on the Group I table.

Qualifiers to be played between September 7, 2014 and October 13, 2015. Play-off matches to be played in November 2015.

 


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