England handed Wales, Russia and Slovakia at Euro 2016

Date published: Saturday 12th December 2015 5:55

Euro 2016: Draw for the finals made in France

Euro 2016: Draw for the finals made in France

England will face Wales at Euro 2016 after being drawn together in Group B, along with Slovakia and Russia.

Roy Hodgson’s men take on Chris Coleman’s side on Thursday June 16 in Lens in what will be the teams’ second match in Group B.

It was the draw Coleman had been hoping to avoid, but Russia and Slovakia are the other opponents in the group meaning the most daunting rivals had been avoided.

Euro 2016: Draw for the finals made

Northern Ireland were drawn in Group C with world champions Germany, plus Poland and Ukraine.

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side were drawn in Group E, which looks to be the toughest in terms of the path to the knock-out rounds, with Belgium, who are currently top of the FIFA world rankings, Sweden and Italy.

England kick off their campaign in Marseille on Saturday, June 11 against Russia, meet Wales five days later, and end the group against Slovakia in St Etienne on Monday, June 20.

Marseille, Lens, and St Etienne were also the venues for three of England’s matches in the 1998 World Cup in France, memorable for goals by Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Michael Owen.

Northern Ireland open their first-ever European Championship campaign against Poland in Nice on June 12.

They then head to Lyon to face Ukraine on June 16 before finishing their Group C campaign against Germany at the Parc de Princes in Paris on June 21.

The Republic of Ireland have been handed a huge task and start their Group E bid against Sweden in the Stade de France on June 13.

Martin O’Neill’s side travel to Bordeaux to face Belgium on June 18 and finish the group stage against Italy in the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille.

Group A

France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.

Group B

England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.

Group C

Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.

Group D

Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.

Group E

Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.

Group F

Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

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