Residence nations await Euro 2016 draw

Euro 2016 draw live from Paris

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The Euro 2016 draw requires spot in Paris on Saturday, when the property nations will discover out who they will meet at subsequent summer’s tournament in France.

England are joined in the draw by Wales and Northern Ireland – the former at a major tournament for the very first time in 58 years and the latter at a European Championship for the initial time.

Republic of Ireland will also feature soon after they certified by way of the play-offs.

The tournament starts on ten June.

A new format characteristics 24 teams, an improve from the 16 to have competed in previous editions.

But how does the draw perform? Who will the home nations face? And what will they require to do to attain the knockout stages?

How will the draw operate?

Guide to pots for Euro 2016 draw

Hosts France have currently been placed in Group A

Teams have been divided into 4 pots primarily based on performances in qualifying and tournament play  for Euro 2012, the 2014 Planet Cup and Euro 2016.

Each pot has six teams, though only five will be drawn from Pot 1 as hosts France have currently been placed into Group A.

The top seeds, such as England, are in Pot 1, although the lowest-rated teams based on Uefa’s criteria are in Pot 4 – this includes Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

One particular team is drawn from each and every pot to make up a group of 4, so by the finish of the draw there will be six groups of 4 teams.

Martin O'Neill, Chris Coleman, Roy Hodgson and Michael O'Neil

Martin O’Neill, Chris Coleman, Roy Hodgson and Michael O’Neil will all most likely want to stay away from Italy in pot two

How do you qualify from a group?

Very good news – far more teams progress from the group stages than go out.

As the tournament has expanded to 24 nations for the 1st time, there is now the need to have for a final-16 stage.

Finishing very first or second in a group guarantees progress, but there will also be area for the 4 sides who finish third with the very best points tallies.

That means only eight out of 24 teams will be eliminated at the group stage.

The group no group desires to be in

A significant tournament would not be a significant tournament without one.

As a single group comes from every pot, it is possible planet champions Germany could be joined by Italy, Poland and Wales, the highest-ranked side in Pot 4.


The only side with a 100% record in qualifying, England scored 31 objectives, a tally only bettered by Poland’s 33.

The reward is a spot in Pot 1 alongside defending champions Spain, Germany, Portugal and the world’s prime-ranked side,  Belgium.

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That signifies England can not be drawn against any of those nations, or hosts France.

There is a 50% chance they will be drawn with Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ideal-case draw: Switzerland, Slovakia, Albania.

Worst-case draw: Italy, Poland, Wales.

Manager Roy Hodgson: “I believe in the players and, provided the possibilities, they can turn out to be a excellent team. But we are young, we are inexperienced – absolutely nothing is going to change that.

“This group of players won’t let any individual down in terms of their attitude and need. If they do fail it may well just be because of inexperience or a lack of high quality.”


Wales will make their debut at a European Championship finals in what will be their very first look at a major tournament given that the 1958 Planet Cup.

They did reach the European Championship quarter-finals in 1976, but only the semi-finals onwards were regarded as the ‘finals’.

In Gareth Bale they boast the most influential player in qualifying – the Genuine Madrid forward was involved in 82% of their 11 objectives, scoring seven and making two.

Very best-case draw: Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Worst-case draw: Germany, Italy, Poland.

Manager Chris Coleman: “It appears wonderful but we do not want to be in the exact same group as England. They are a quite, extremely excellent team and with Roy Hodgson in charge they will be a difficult nut for us to crack.”

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland fans had endured 14 unsuccessful qualifying campaigns considering that they last appeared at a key finals – the 1986 Planet Cup.

But they ended that wait – and reached a European Championship for the first time – as they advanced with a game to spare as group winners.

They scored 56% of their targets in qualifying from set-pieces, so will pose a threat to more established international sides at the finals.

Greatest-case draw: Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Worst-case draw: Germany, Italy, Poland.

Manager Michael O’Neill: “Playing France in the opening game would be a unique expertise.  I suppose you would appear to steer clear of Italy from Pot two and possibly an England game as effectively, just simply because the consideration around that could overshadow every little thing else.”

Republic of Ireland

The Republic beat England in their 1988 European Championship opener but failed to win another game in that tournament and lost all three of their matches at Euro 2012, albeit in a challenging group featuring Spain, Italy and Croatia.

They have plenty of expertise to draw on, boasting the oldest typical squad in qualifying.

Ideal case draw: Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Worst-case draw: Germany, Italy, Poland.

Manager Martin O’Neill: “We may be quick on a couple of items, but courage and a determination to fight to the finish have been in abundance.

“We do not want to go there just to make up the numbers. We will go there to do the nation proud and place on a excellent efficiency.”

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