England learn Euro fate

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England have been drawn against Ukraine, Sweden and France in Group D for next summer's 2012 European Championships.

Fabio Capello's men will open their campaign against France, a repeat of the duo's opening game in Euro 2004, on 11th June in Donetsk, before playing against Sweden in Kiev on June 15th who England beat for the first time since 1968 at Wembley last month.

Their final group match will see them take on co-hosts Ukraine on June 19th again in Donetsk.

If England were to qualify from their group as either winners or runners-up, they would meet the two qualifiers from Group C, which includes reigning World and European Champions Spain along with Italy, Republic of Ireland and Croatia.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side will open their account against Croatia on June 10th, followed by a repeat of Ireland's last game in a major finals against Spain on June 14th before taking on Italy, who they famously beat in the 1994 World Cup finals, on June 18th.

Arguably the strongest of the four groups is Group B, where World Cup runners-up Netherlands are joined by Denmark, Germany and Portugal.

Group A sees Poland and Greece, who will contest the opening fixture of the tournament, paired with Russia and Czech Republic.

Euro 2012 draw in full:

Group A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic

Group B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal

Group C: Spain, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Croatia

Group D: Ukraine, Sweden, France, England


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