Republic of Ireland handed tough Euro 2016 qualifying group

Republic of Ireland handed tough Euro 2016 qualifying group

Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland team will face some strong sides as they aim to qualify for the Euro 2016 Championship.

In a typically cringeworthy ceremony in Nice, France, the Boys in Green drew Germany, Poland, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar in Qualifying Group D.

Gibraltar, UEFA’s newest member, were originally drawn to Group C with Spain but were switched to D for political reasons.

The top two teams from each group plus the third-placed team with the best record qualify automatically for the finals.

The remaining eight third-placed teams will contest play-offs.

Qualifiers to be played between September 7, 2014 and October 13, 2015.

Play-off matches to be played in November 2015.

This will be the first European Championships with 24 teams and there has been criticism and suggestions that the expanded number of teams will dilute the quality of the tournament.

France qualify as hosts, but will play friendlies against teams in Group I.

There will be no points awarded for games in which France figure, so these will have no affect on the Group I table.

Group A

Holland

Czech Republic

Turkey

Latvia

Iceland

Kazakhstan

Group B

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Belgium

Israel

Wales

Cyprus

Andorra

Group C

Spain

Ukraine

Slovakia

Belarus

Macedonia

Luxembourg

Group D

Germany

Republic of Ireland

Poland

Scotland

Georgia

Gibraltar

Group E

England

Switzerland

Slovenia

Estonia

Lithuania

San Marino

Group F

Greece

Hungary

Romania

Finland

Northern Ireland

Faroe Islands

Group G

Russia

Sweden

Austria

Montenegro

Moldova

Liechtenstein

Group H

Italy

Croatia

Norway

Bulgaria

Azerbaijan

Malta

Group I

Portugal

Denmark

Serbia

Armenia

Albania

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