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23/02/2014 15:57, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Euro 2016 qualifying draw

The draw has been made for the qualifying groups for the 2016 European Championship.

England, who are likely to have a host of Reds involved in the qualifiers, have been pitched with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino in Group E, while Darren Fletcher’s Scotland face a tough test in Group D with matches against the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar.

Robin van Persie and the Netherlands have been drawn with the Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland and Kazakhstan in Group A, Jonny Evans’ Northern Ireland are up against Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands in Group F and, in Group C, Juan Mata, David De Gea and Spain face Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, FYR Macedonia and Luxembourg. Marouane Fellaini and Belgium are drawn in Group B against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Wales, Cyprus and Andorra.

There is a chance Nani could come up against United team-mate Anders Lindegaard after Portugal and Denmark were paired together in Group I along with Serbia, Armenia, Albania and France, although France qualify automatically as hosts. The French will still take part in qualifying, the first hosts to do so after a rule change, but no qualifying points will rest on their fixtures.

Euro 2016 will be made up of 24 nations, an increase from 16 in the current format. The top two teams in each of the nine groups will book their place automatically in the tournament, along with the best third-placed finisher. The remaining eight third-placed teams will take part in two-legged

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