Republic of Ireland handed kind draw
Republic of Ireland will face Russia, Slovakia, FYR Macedonia, Armenia and Andorra in the qualifying campaign for the European Championships in 2012.
Giovanni Trapattoni's men have been drawn in Group B and former international Ray Houghton said on Sky Sports News: "I'm delighted.
"The other top seeds are further ahead of us but Russia are certainly beatable.
"I actually think we can win it, I certainly believe the number one spot is there for the taking."