England draw Wales in UEFA Euro 2016 group stage

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The draw for UEFA Euro 2016 took place in Paris on Saturday afternoon and the home nations, along with the Republic of Ireland, have discovered their fate ahead of the tournament that kicks off on June 10, 2016, at the Stade de France.

The British Isles are well represented after England and Northern Ireland qualified as group winners, Wales finished behind Belgium and the Republic of Ireland advanced from a tricky play-off tie with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

And the four nations now know who they will be playing in next summer's showpiece event, that has been extended to 24 teams.


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Roy Hodgson's England found themselves in Group B and were handed a huge tie with Chris Coleman's Wales at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens

The Three Lions also face Russia at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and Slovakia at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Wales travel to Bordeaux to face Slovakia and will play Russia in Toulouse. 

Northern Ireland, playing in their first ever European Championships, were drawn with World Cup winners Germany, Robert Lewandowski's Poland and Ukraine.

While Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland will play the world's top-ranked nation Belgium, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden and Italy.

Hosts France begin the tournament against Romania in the capital.

Here is the complete draw:

Group A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland

Group B: England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia 

Group C: Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland 

Group D: Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia

Group E: Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden

Group F: Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary

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