The Republic of Ireland have been handed a favourable group in the Euro 2020 qualification draw which took place in Dublin on Sunday morning.
Mick McCarthy’s men must face Denmark, Switzerland, Georgia and Gibraltar in Group D of the competition as they look for qualification as one of the host nations.
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.
The draw was incredibly favourable to Ireland who would have been drawn in Group C with Holland and Germany had it not been for a technicality which meant that three host nations cannot be in the same group.
— FAIreland ⚽️?? (@FAIreland) December 2, 2018
Northern Ireland proved to be the unlucky team who took what should have been Ireland’s place in Group C and they will now meet Germany and Holland as well as Estonia and Belarus.
The draw was also kind to Gareth Southgate’s England who will face Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A.
Wales will meet Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan in Group E while Scotland were drawn against Belgium, Russia, San Marino, Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
You can see the full draw below.
The route to #EURO2020 has been mapped out! ?️
Which are the 3 toughest groups? pic.twitter.com/fzP8mReLn9
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@UEFAEURO) December 2, 2018