If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re well aware that next Summer will see France host the 2016 European Championships. With the qualifying stages reaching their conclusion earlier in the week, seeing Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine join the 20 other qualified teams through the play-offs, UEFA have now revealed the seeding and pot placement for the tournament.
Italy (Runners Up)
Republic of Ireland
For the first time ever there are 24 teams competing for the European Championship title. Meaning that the 4 pots of 6 teams teams will make up 6 groups, each consisting of 4 teams. As a result of England being in Pot 1 and Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland all being in pot 4, there is a 50% chance that England can be drawn in the same group as another home nation. That would certainly spice the Euros up – a bit of local rivalry will serve to add much more excitement!