Euro 2020 draw: Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy 'happy enough' with draw

Euro 2020 draw: Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy 'happy enough' with draw

Euro 2020 draw: Republic of Ireland manager McCarthy 'happy enough' with draw

The Republic of Ireland had initially been drawn into Group C but could not take a place there due to there being too many host countries in one group, so Mick McCarthy's team were instead placed in Group D alongside Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.

Ireland escaped being drawn in the tough-looking Group, where Germany and Holland reside, as there were already two host nations in that group.

20 teams will qualify via the normal route as group winners, while the remaining four spots will go down to the play-offs.

"But also we should get excited and should be enjoying these moments". It capped a miserable year for Germany that saw the world champions deposed with a group-stage exit in Russian Federation in June.

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Ireland will be incredibly familiar with their opponents Denmark whom they played in both their World Cup qualifying group as well as their UEFA Nations League group, as well as the likes of Georgia and Gibraltar who they've previously come across on numerous occasions.

Holders Portugal also topped their group in the Nations League and will face Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg as they try and defend their title.

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While they certainly aren't guaranteed to qualify for Euro 2020, Irish football fans will be feeling more optimistic than this time last week.

However, the computer intervened as a maximum of two Euro 2020 host nations are allowed in each group.

All four teams who will play in Portugal next summer in the Nations League were given groups of five, as were Croatia, but the rest of the groups are teams of six. The Azerbaijani capital Baku has group stage and a quarterfinal match in 2020.

World Cup-winners France face Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra in Group H, while Spain are in Group F alongside Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands and Malta.

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia.

French coach Didier Deschamps informed Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra that they would be honoured to face his World Champion team.

Scotland also have a play-off backstop, in this unprecedently complicated qualification process, but will have to get past both Belgium and Russian Federation if they are to qualify directly from Group I. Alex McLeish's team will also face Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino. Ireland ended 2018 with relegation from the Nations League.

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