– By James Clancy
Ireland will face Spain, Poland and Sweden if they qualify for Euro 2020.
The Boys in Green must first negotiate a playoff after failing to qualify automatically with a semi final away to Slovakia next month.
If they win that Ireland will play either Bosnia and Herzegovina or Northern Ireland away from home for a place at next summer’s tournament.
But should they reach the tournament the Boys in Green will have a favourable group after avoiding the likes of Portugal and France in today’s draw.
Mick McCarthy’s side would open the competition with a clash against Poland in Dublin on June 15th.
And Sweden would be the next side to visit Dublin for the second group game on June 19th.
Ireland would then finish up the group with a trip to face Spain in Bilbao for the final fixture.
Elsewhere in the tournament reigning European champions Portugal, World Cup winners France and Germany have all been drawn together in the group of death.
England will take on Croatia and the Czech Republic as well as the team that comes through Path C, which contains Scotland.
The winner of England’s group will face the runner up of the Portugal, France and Germany group in the Round of 16 match that Dublin is hosting.
The opening game of the tournament will see Turkey take on Italy in Rome, in a group that also contains Wales and Switzerland.
Here’s the full Euro 2020 draw:
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Path D winner (Georgia/Belarus/Kosovo/North Macedonia)
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Path C winner (Scotland, Serbia, Norway, Israel)
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Path B winner (Ireland, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Group F: Germany, Portugal, France, Path A winner (Iceland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary)