Euro 2016 draw LIVE! England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland await opponents - Live coverage - The Independent

Euro 2016 draw LIVE! England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland await opponents



BY JAMES ORR

by j.orr

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Euro 2016 draw. After this summer's World Cup, attention will soon turn the 2016 European Championships in France. Today the home nations - England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland will find out who they will face in their qualifying groups for the tournament, which start in the autumn.

England are one of the top seeds, and will avoid meeting Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. 
Republic of Ireland are in pot two, Scotland and Wales in pot four, with Northern Ireland in pot five.

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    • Group A Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Latvia, Turkey, Czech Republic
    • Group B Bosnia-Herzegovina, Andorra, Cyprus, Wales, Israel, Belgium
    • Group C Spain, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Belarus, Slovakia, Ukraine
    • Group D Germany, Gibraltar, Georgia, Scotland, Poland, Republic of Ireland
    • Group E England, San Marino, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia, Switzerland
    • Group F Greece, Faroe Islands, Northern Ireland, Finland, Romania, Hungary
    • Group G Russia, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Austria, Sweden
    • Group H Italy, Malta, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Norway, Croatia
    • Group I Portugal, Albania, Armenia, Serbia, Denmark

    2/23/2014 12:08:39 PM
  • Will Steven Gerrard still be England captain for the Euro 2016 challenge, manager Roy Hodgson still does not know.

    "He will be 34 in May so he will be getting on for 36 by the start of Euro 2016, so I think a lot will depend on him and how he feels, and depend on how he is playing ," Hodgson said in the build-up to the draw. "At the moment there has been no slowing down in his play."
    2/23/2014 11:02:35 AM
  • A tinkling of the ivories on stage in Nice, and the draw has got under way in Nice, with big screens showing what looks like tourism adverts for the host nation France. The managers have all taken their seats, and here come the hosts...
    2/23/2014 11:05:38 AM
  • The world-class footballing equivalent of Ant and Dec - Dutch great Ruud Gullit and French Cup winning full-back Bixente Lizarazu emerge to present the ceremony. Lizarazu speaking in his native tongue, Gullit in English.
    2/23/2014 11:07:57 AM


  • 2/23/2014 11:08:30 AM
  • Those pots in full...
    Pot 1: Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Russia, Bosnia-Hercegovina.
    Pot 2: Ukraine, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Ireland.
    Pot 3: Serbia, Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Norway, Slovakia, Romania, Austria, Poland.
    Pot 4: Montenegro, Armenia, Scotland, Finland, Latvia, Wales, Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus.
    Pot 5: Iceland, Northern Ireland, Albania, Lithuania, Moldova, FYR Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Cyprus.
    Pot 6: Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands, Malta, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar.
    2/23/2014 11:10:23 AM
  • Out comes Lizarazu's team-mate from 1998, the former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabian Barthez. Unlike Laurent Blanc, Lizarazu greets him with a kiss on the cheek, not the lucky peck on the forehead. 
    2/23/2014 11:13:25 AM


  • 2/23/2014 11:14:26 AM
  • More goalkeeping greats including Northern Ireland Pat Jennings emerge to pick the teams and the draw is just minutes away now. Fifa general Secretary Gianni Infantino is the last out. He may be in France, but the Swiss says he will not greet anyone with a kiss...
    2/23/2014 11:18:58 AM


  • 2/23/2014 11:19:11 AM
  • A quick, and informative video on the draw process and we're nearly there. The questions will all soon be answered...here we go!
    2/23/2014 11:21:41 AM
  • The Netherlands are the first team picked..
    2/23/2014 11:22:47 AM
  • And England are chosen, a smile on Roy Hodgson's face as they go into Group E. It makes alphabetical sense after all..
    2/23/2014 11:25:29 AM
  • Portugal in Group I and that concludes the top seeds. Who else will join England in Group E?
    2/23/2014 11:27:26 AM
  • Pot one chosen, and now its on to pot No 6. "It's always one after six in Uefa," jokes Infantino, making no sense at all
    2/23/2014 11:28:37 AM
  • Gibraltar in Group C...with Spain? That's not allowed. they miss one and go into Group D.
    2/23/2014 11:30:09 AM
  • San Marino drawn in Group E with England - "What a surprise," Infantino quips. He's right, they do have history...
    2/23/2014 11:31:13 AM
  • And that's the whipping boys, sorry, Pot Six, all chosen.
    2/23/2014 11:33:17 AM


  • 2/23/2014 11:34:29 AM
  • Next up is Pot Five - all eyes on who Northern Ireland will get..
    2/23/2014 11:35:10 AM
  • Lithuania join England in Group E
    2/23/2014 11:37:57 AM
  • And that's it for Pot Five, a kind draw for Northern Ireland so far...
    2/23/2014 11:40:10 AM
  • Pot Four now - Wales and Scotland in the mix..
    2/23/2014 11:40:36 AM
  • Wales in with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Andorra and Cyprus 
    2/23/2014 11:42:18 AM
  • Scotland to meet Germany in Group D
    2/23/2014 11:43:34 AM
  • Pot Three ready to be picked. Serbia are the ones to be avoided..
    2/23/2014 11:49:02 AM
  • Israel in Group B with Wales
    2/23/2014 11:50:09 AM
  • Slovenia in with England, thankfully not Serbia
    2/23/2014 11:52:15 AM


  • 2/23/2014 11:54:38 AM
  • Republic of Ireland's pot, Pot Two up now. This is when the seemingly easy groups get a bit tougher...
    2/23/2014 11:55:32 AM
  • Belgium in Group B, one Pot Two bullet dodged for England there..
    2/23/2014 11:56:56 AM
  • Republic of Ireland and Scotland to meet in Group D
    2/23/2014 11:57:35 AM
  • Switzerland in Group E with England -  a former team of Roy Hodgson of course..
    2/23/2014 11:59:22 AM
  • And that completes the draw - the grin stays across Hodgson's face. A kind draw for England indeed.
    2/23/2014 12:04:36 PM



  • 2/23/2014 12:05:32 PM
  • But Scotland on the other hand, difficult trips to Germany, Georgia and Poland await..
    2/23/2014 12:06:52 PM


  • 2/23/2014 12:07:31 PM
  • Wales manager Chris Coleman has claimed he is "happy" with being placed in Group B alongside Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgium. "They are tough games but I'm positive," he said.
    2/23/2014 12:12:48 PM


  • 2/23/2014 12:20:20 PM
  • Roy Hodgson on England's meeting with Switerland, who he led to the 1994 World Cup: "The name Switzerland always brings a smile to my face, I had four fantastic years there."
    2/23/2014 12:37:10 PM
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