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Saturday 4pm Sky Sports News

Best & worst scenarios

England

Dream ticket:

England, Iceland, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova, Andorra

Nightmare scenario:

England, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Finland, Kazakhstan

Wales

Dream ticket:

Wales, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Nightmare scenario:

Wales, France, Ukraine, Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia

Scotland

Dream ticket:

Scotland, Wales, Iceland, Estonia, Lithuania

Nightmare scenario:

Scotland, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Macedonia, Kazakhstan

Northern Ireland

Dream ticket:

Northern Ireland, Romania, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Nightmare scenario:

Northern Ireland, Spain, France, Republic of Ireland, Belarus, Malta

How the draw works?

The nine top seeds in Europe - including Wales and England - will first be drawn into a group. For TV rights purposes, England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands will be drawn into groups of six teams, as will Italy and France from pot two. A team from each of the other four or five pots will then be drawn into each group to make up the nine groups. Games will be played from September 2016 to October 2017. The nine group winners will progress to the finals, while the eight best runners-up will take part in play-offs in November 2017.

Pot 1 Germany, Belgium, Holland, Romania, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, Croatia.

Pot 2 Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Pot 3 Poland, Ukraine, Scotland, Hungary, Sweden, Albania, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Greece.

Pot 4 Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Estonia.

Pot 5 Cyprus, Latvia, Armenia, Finland, Belarus, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Moldova.

Pot 6 Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Andorra.

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Too be honest I'd prefer the harder draw for England. Far too often we have an easy qualifying draw, get to a tournament and not get a result. A harder draw may give us chance to prepare more for the vigours of a tournament.

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It is utterly embarrassing to see Norway in the same pot as the Faroe Islands. I mean fair play to them, but jaysus we are crap. We're even below Norn Iron ffs!

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It is utterly embarrassing to see Norway in the same pot as the Faroe Islands. I mean fair play to them, but jaysus we are crap. We're even below Norn Iron ffs!

 

same as Ireland we were always used to being pot 2 or 3

 

best draw for Ireland would be England, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Finland and San Marino

 

not much traveling and I think them teams would suit us perfectly

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Wales for top seed, delighted with that.

 

Gareth Bale vs John O'Shea could be the biggest mismatch in sporting history if what Gabby and Bolasie did to him

 

terrible group for Ireland and especially with the prick in charge

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The Czech group

GROUP C:

Czech Republic; Northern Ireland; Norway; Azerbaijan; San Marino

:DB)

Und Deutschland, nein?

Should be a battle between you and us for second place with you being favourites. Could have been worse, considering the dreadful position we've put ourselves in before the draw.

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At least England and Scotland will be interesting two matches, why do England always get in groups with half of the old Eastern bloc?

 

Tough group for Norn Iron and while Wales have a decent group it's worth remembering Austria also have a golden generation and Serbia have very talented individuals so not cut and dried they'll be 1st in that one.

 

Going to be very interesting, remember it's just back to one automatic qualifier in pretty much each group so 2 out of Italy, Spain, France and Holland will be in play offs.

 

Portugal usually end up in play offs aswell but their group is a cakewalk.

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