Luck Of The Draw Hands Ireland Favourable Euro 2020 Qualifying Group

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Germany, who dropped into pot two for the draw after their dismal UEFA Nations League campaign, will also play Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus in Group C when qualification begins in March.

It nearly was. Ireland were originally drawn into Group C alongside Netherlands and Germany but managed to bypass the group due to a UEFA bylaw.

"I'm not suggesting for one minute that Switzerland are not one of the top teams in Europe at the minute, and Denmark isn't going to be easy, they knocked us out of competitions".

Amsterdam, Munich and Dublin are among the 12 host cities for Euro 2020, so therefore Ireland could not be drawn alongside Germany and the Netherlands.

Northern Ireland took Ireland's place in Group D, which is undoubtedly the toughest group of the lot.

NI will also face Estonia and Belarus.

England - for whom captain Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks have all featured to date - were first out of the hat in the draw, held in Dublin, and were pitted against Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A.

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On RTE, Richie Sadlier stated some more reasons for optimism.

McCarthy was announced as the new Republic of Ireland boss last Sunday, taking over from Martin O'Neill and returning to the job which he left in 2002 after taking Ireland to the round of 16 in that year's World Cup.

Ireland lost won a competitive game in October 2017, when they recorded a fortunate victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Wales will face Croatia in Group E, but have a decent chance of claiming a top two finish with the other sides paired against them being Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.

McCarthy says that the Swiss game is a revenge mission as his Ireland career ended with a home loss to Switzerland in 2002, but he warns that it's still a testing time ahead.

However, Sadlier certainly has a valid point.

However, he thought the incident was amusing, and he would have welcomed the opportunity to take on two former European champions to qualify for Euro 2020.