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Northern Ireland learn fate in 2021 UEFA U21 Championship qualifying draw

Northern Ireland U21s have been drawn to face Denmark and Romania in the 2021 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying campaign.

The draw took place early on Tuesday morning and saw Northern Ireland also pitted against Ukraine, Finland and Malta in Group 8.

Ian Baraclough's men came within a whisker of landing a play-off spot for the 2019 tournament, finishing as runners-up to Spain with 20 points from their 10 Group 2 matches.

That campaign lifted Northern Ireland from Pot F to Pot E in the draw for the next tournament.

The nine group winners qualify automatically for the finals.

Runners-up with the best records against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their group will go into a play-off to determine the last finals berth.

The qualifiers begin in March with fixtures to be announced later today.

Ian Baraclough recently signed a new two-year deal to stay on as NI U21 boss despite interest from Derry City.

2021 UEFA U21 Championship qualifying draw

Group 1: Italy, Sweden, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Armenia, Luxembourg

Group 2: France, Slovakia, Switzerland, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein

Group 3: England, Austria, Turkey, Kosovo, Albania, Andorra

Group 4: Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Scotland, Lithuania, San Marino

Group 5: Serbia, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia

Group 6: Spain, Israel, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands

Group 7: Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Belarus, Cyprus, Gibraltar

Group 8: Denmark, Romania, Ukraine, Finland, Northern Ireland, Malta

Group 9: Germany, Belgium, Wales, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova

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