The draw for the expanded European Football Championships has taken place and the Republic of Ireland EURO 2016 Group Draw looks difficult.
Martin O’Neil and Roy Keane’ side are in a tough group with Germany, Gibraltar, Georgia, Scotland, Poland.
The top two teams qualify automatically and the third place teams enter a play-off so the big matches of group will be against the third seeds Poland and fourth seeds Scotland.
Sean St Ledger - Its a very difficult group, we would have liked to avoid Germany but the players will be looking forward to game against Scotland. Germany are set to top the group so we will be playing for second.
Martin O’Neill “Difficult group but exciting, we may have liked another group as Germany are the stand out team.”
“Lets go positively for the group. Its just very exciting for us as a new management team. Its will be amazing to qualify for the finals.”
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, France, Albania, Armenia, Serbia, Denmark
Euro 2016 qualifier fixtures (Kick-offs Irish time):
Georgia v Ireland, Sunday 7 September 2014, KO 5pm
Ireland v Gibraltar, Saturday 11 October 2014, KO 5pm
Germany v Ireland, Tuesday 14 October 2014, KO 7.45pm
Scotland v Ireland, Friday 14 November 2014, KO 7.45pm
Ireland v Poland, Sunday 29 March 2015, KO 7.45pm
Ireland v Scotland, Saturday 13 June 2015, KO 5pm
Gibraltar v Ireland, Friday 4 September 2015, KO 7.45pm
Ireland v Georgia, Monday 7 September 2015, KO 7.45pm
Ireland v Germany,Thursday 8 October 2015, KO 7.45pm
Poland v Ireland, Sunday 11 October 2015, KO 7.45pm
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