European Championship qualifying draw: England and Wales fancy chances - Scotland not so keen

San Marino V England

We look at the draw for the European Championships qualifying for France 2016.

The European Championship draw is over, finally, and we now know who England and the other home nations will face in order to qualify for France 2016.

After Ruud Gullit and Bixente Lizarazu did their best Ant and Dec impression and wheeled out a menagerie of goalkeepers, old and slightly older, to pull a few balls out of a few bowls and decide who will play who.

And here is the completed draw.

A: Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Latvia, Turkey, Czech Republic

B: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Andorra, Cyprus, Wales, Israel, Belgium

C: Spain, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine

D: Germany, Gibraltar, Georgia, Scotland, Poland, Republic of Ireland

E: England, San Marino, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Switzerland

F: Greece, Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland, Finland, Romania, Hungary

G: Russia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Austria, Sweden

H: Italy, Malta, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Norway, Croatia

I: Portugal, Albania, Armenia, Serbia, Denmark

England will be relatively happy with the draw. Switzerland are certainly a rising force - but finishing in the top two should not be a problem despite difficult away ties at Slovenia and Lithuania. Unfortunately for fans, no glamour away ties on this occasion - as if there ever is.

Wales were licking their lips until Belgium were pulled out last - but they will still feel capable of finishing in the top three - potentially two.

Scotland and Republic of Ireland face each-other in a very, very tough looking Group D. Poland, the Republic and Scotland will likely battle behind Germany for qualification.

Northern Ireland will certainly fancy themselves of an outside chance. Hungary, Faroe Islands and Finland all look beatable - while on their day they could certainly push Greece and Romania - so an outside chance of qualification if they keep their star players fit.

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