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Northern Ireland to face Germany at Euro 2016

Northern Ireland will face a tough test against Germany in their Euro 2016 campaign after being drawn in the group containing the world cup winners.

Poland and Ukraine will join Northern Ireland in Group C, while Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side were drawn in Group E, which looks to be the toughest in terms of the path to the knock-out rounds.

Ireland are due to meet Belgium, who are currently top of the FIFA world rankings, Sweden and Italy.

England and Wales will meet for the first time in a major tournament after they were drawn in the same group.

Northern Ireland open their first-ever European Championship campaign against Poland in Nice on June 12.

They then head to Lyon to face Ukraine on June 16 before finishing their Group C campaign against Germany at the Parc de Princes in Paris on June 21.

The Republic of Ireland have been handed a huge task and start their Group E bid against Sweden in the Stade de France on June 13.

O'Neill's side travel to Bordeaux to face Belgium on June 18 and finish the group stage against Italy in the Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille.

Roy Hodgson's England take on Chris Coleman's Wales side on June 16 in Lens in what will be the teams' second match in Group B.

It was the draw Coleman had been hoping to avoid, but Russia and Slovakia are the other opponents in the group meaning the most daunting rivals had been avoided.


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