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BBC land Northern Ireland v Germany Euro 2016 clash

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with World champions Germany in Paris will be screened live on the BBC as part of the 11 group matches shared with fellow broadcaster ITV involving the Home Nations in France next summer.

As well as showing the final group game for Michael O'Neill's men on June 21 next year, the Beeb will also screen Northern Ireland's first game in the finals against Poland in Nice on June 12 with ITV having the middle match with Ukraine four days later in Lyon. All those matches have a 5pm start.

While the BBC have two of Northern Ireland's group games, they have to be content with just one of England's, though it is the derby with Wales in Lens on June 16. The downside in viewing figures terms is that the match is scheduled to start at 2pm.

ITV had first pick of the England matches and opted for their first and final group games against Russia and Slovakia. They will also show the opening match of the tournament between hosts France and Romania on June 10.

As for the Republic of Ireland, the BBC have their opener with Sweden on June 13 with ITV screening the final group matches against Belgium and Italy.

ITV will have first pick of the games in the last 16 as well as semi-finals, while the BBC have the first two picks of the quarter-finals. The final in Paris on July 10 will be on both channels.

BBC Head of TV Sport Philip Bernie said: "We are delighted to have the most talked about match of the draw in England v Wales, in such a special year for the Home Nations, as well as the opening matches for Wales and Northern Ireland on their return to major tournament football."

Northern Ireland born ITV Director of Sport Niall Sloane said: "Euro 2016 promises to be a very special tournament, expanded to 24 teams for the first time, taking place so close to home and with the involvement of three Home Nations plus the Republic of Ireland."

Meanwhile, there are suggestions from Slovenia that they will play Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in a friendly in March.

The IFA had provisionally arranged a game with Poland but have cancelled it after the teams were paired together in the Euro finals draw.

The Republic of Ireland have confirmed they will play Holland in their final pre-Euro 2016 Dublin friendly at the Aviva Stadium on May 27.

The Republic start preparations for France with home friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia on March 25 and March 29 respectively.

Euro 2016 Selected TV Group Matches: Friday June 10: France v Romania, 20.00 (ITV) Saturday June 11: Wales v Slovakia, 17.00 (BBC); England v Russia, 20.00 (ITV) Sunday June 12: Poland v Northern Ireland, 17.00 (BBC); Germany v Ukraine, 20.00 (BBC) Monday June 13: Republic of Ireland v Sweden, 17.00 (BBC); Belgium v Italy, 20.00 (BBC) Thursday June 16: England v Wales, 14.00 (BBC); Ukraine v Northern Ireland, 17.00 (ITV); Germany v Poland, 20.00 (ITV) Friday June 17: Italy v Sweden, 14.00 (ITV); Czech Republic v Croatia, 17.00 (BBC) Saturday June 18: Belgium v Republic of Ireland, 14.00 (ITV) Monday June 20: Russia v Wales, 20.00 (ITV); Slovakia v England, 20.00 (ITV) Tuesday June 21: Northern Ireland v Germany, 17.00 (BBC); Ukraine v Poland, 17.00 (BBC) Wednesday June 22: Italy v Republic of Ireland, 20.00 (ITV); Sweden v Belgium, 20.00 (ITV).

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