The draw for the EURO 2016 Qualifying took place a few moments ago – here are the results:
Czech Republic, Netherlands, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland & Kazakhstan
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus & Andorra
Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia & Luxembourg
Germany, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Georgia & Gibraltar
England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania & San Marino
Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland & Faroe Islands
Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova & Liechtenstein
Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan & Malta
Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania (and France)
Gibraltor are new in the system – they could be an interesting one as their first ever game international wise they drew with Slovakia! France are in it despite being hosts, and their games will not hold any points. The top two qualify, plus the best Third team. Games will be played in a new system – Thursday/Tuesday, something UEFA has dreamed up.
Top two from each group go through automatically, plus one Best 3rd place finisher. France make it 20, then the other 4 teams will be determined through play-offs of the other 8 3rd place teams. Simples!
England should make it through that, looks very easy. Slovenia, Lithuania, Estonia and San Marino hold very little threat. Switzerland may well be a huge challenge, but we don’t think it will matter.