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New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy says he is "happy enough" with his side's draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers in which they will face Switzerland and Denmark in Group D.

The two leading countries being together in Group C was only possible because Germany was relegated last month from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League and had a lower seeding in the Dublin draw.

England - for whom captain Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks have all featured to date - were first out of the hat in the draw, held in Dublin, and were pitted against Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A.

Croatia, which reached the World Cup final for the first time in July, is with Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.

Defending champions Portugal were drawn against Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg, with world champions France playing Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra. The hosts of Sunday's draw were paired with Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.

Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta.

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Azerbaijan, another host nation, were also moved from Ireland's group with Gibraltar then drawn into Ireland's group. The top two from each group will progress automatically to the finals, while four places will be up for grabs in play-offs, which take place in March 2020.

French coach Didier Deschamps informed Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra that they would be honoured to face his World Champion team.

Belgium, in Group I, face Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino, while Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein are in Group J.

Denmark are well known to Ireland, having played each other four times within the past 13 months. If one of the Nations League group winners have already secured a spot, the next-best team in that tier will make the playoffs.

The motivation in qualifying is not just the game in hand but thinking about what it leads to. Ireland ended 2018 with relegation from the Nations League.


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