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NI are set to take on familiar foes Wales in Women's Euro qualifiers

Alfie Wylie's team will also come up against Norway, Belarus and the Faroe Islands
Alfie Wylie's team will also come up against Norway, Belarus and the Faroe Islands

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland have been drawn alongside Wales in Group C in the Uefa Women's Euro 2021 qualifying campaign.

Alfie Wylie's team will also come up against Norway, Belarus and the Faroe Islands.

Wales will bring club rivalries to the surface.

Everton Ladies and Northern Ireland striker Simone Magill will face team-mate Angharad James whilst Reading Ladies and Northern Ireland forward Rachel Furness will come up against Natasha Harding.

The finals are due to be played in England, with the exempt hosts joined by all nine of the qualifying group winners, the three best runners-up and three play-off winners. The six group runners-up who do not qualify automatically will enter the play-offs.

Northern Ireland were included in the pot of fourth seeds, based on their coefficient ranking. The Republic of Ireland, who entered the draw amongst the third seeds, will face Germany, Ukraine, Greece and Montenegro in Group I.

Scotland are in Group E alongside Finland, Portugal, Albania and Cyprus.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Under-17 men's side lost 1-0 to Greece in a friendly at Shamrock Park yesterday. Stephen Frail's side, who lost 3-1 to the same opponents at Stangmore Park earlier in the week, are preparing for next month's elite round of the 2019 Under-17 Euro qualifiers in which they will be up against hosts the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Israel.

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