With six months to go before the Euro 2016 gets underway in France, a host of big names from the world of football gathered at the Palais des Congrès in Paris to determine the groups for the finals. Hosts France who were joined by holders Spain, Germany, England, Portugal and Belgium as the six seeded nations at the event, will first lock horns with Romania on June 10 before taking on Albania and Switzerland.
England will face a tough ‘derby’ clash against neighbours Wales, who had been placed in the bottom pot after ending a 58-year wait to play at a major tournament. Both teams will also face Russia and Slovakia.
Germany coach Joachim Low, who said his world champions did not fear any of their potential opponents at Euro 2016 ahead of the draw, saw his side pitted against Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland while Spain will take on the Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia.
In group E, Ireland were drawn against Belgium, Italy and Sweden while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will face Iceland, Austria and Hungary.
With the expansion of the tournament to 24 teams, next year’s finals will include a round of 16 following the group stages for the first time. The competition kicks-off on June 10.