The Republic of Ireland have narrowly avoided a so-called ‘Group of Death’ at the Euro 2020 qualifier draw in Dublin.
Mick McCarthy’s side were drawn in Group D, alongside Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.
Ireland narrowly avoided Group C alongside Netherlands and Germany, as more than two host cities for the Euro 2020 finals couldn’t be drawn in the same group.
As Northern Ireland were the next team drawn from the third seeds, it means they were allocated to Group C as well as Estonia and Belarus.
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Meanwhile, England appear to have been granted a comfortable-looking passage to Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s men, who reached the World Cup semi-finals in the summer, will take on the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo next year to reach the finals, which will be staged in cities across the continent.
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