Euro 2016 qualifying groups drawn

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We've made the first step down the road to Euro 2016. Hurray!

Qualifying draws are less exciting than tournament draws, especially when almost half of the teams in said qualifying draw will end up making it through and one of the countries drawn has already qualified on account of being the hosts and will therefore just be playing friendlies. But still, we can't just ignore the Euro 2016 draw, as silly as the whole process is, so here are your groups:

Group A

Netherlands
Czech Republic
Turkey
Latvia
Iceland
Kazakhstan

Group B

Bosnia-Herzegovina
Belgium
Israel
Wales
Cyprus
Andorra

Group C

Spain
Ukraine
Slovakia
Belarus
Macedonia
Luxembourg

Group D

Germany
Republic of Ireland
Poland
Scotland
Georgia
Gibralter

Group E

England
Switzerland
Slovenia
Estonia
Lithuania
San Marino

Group F

Greece
Hungary
Romania
Finland
Northern Ireland
Faroe Islands

Group G

Russia
Sweden
Austria
Montenegro
Moldova
Liechtenstein

Group H

Italy
Croatia
Norway
Bulgaria
Azerbaijan
Malta

Group I

Portugal
Denmark
Serbia
Armenia
Albania
France (tournament hosts; games are friendlies)

Everyone on the list that you recognise as a legitimate footballing country will be at Euro 2016. And, thanks to how silly Group F is, we're set up for at least one odd name in the tournament. Qualification will begin in September 2014, and you're all very excited about that.

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