Ireland beat France and the Netherlands in a tough Euro tie

Ireland have been handed a daunting path to Euro 2024, facing the Netherlands and France in the group which was drawn this morning in Frankfurt.

World champions France, along with England, were the surprise participants in the second pot of nations, having finished third in the recent Nations League campaign and were a team to avoid.

Sadly, that is the fate in store for Ireland and the Netherlands – as one of four teams in the Nations League final – will also present formidable opposition.

Ronald Koeman is set to succeed Louis Van Gaal after the next World Cup.

Also in Ireland’s group are Greece and Gilbraltar. Only the top two teams qualify for the tournament, but Ireland risk losing a place in the playoffs if they fail to separate two of the world powerhouses.

Matches are scheduled between March and November 2023.

Stephen Kenny, who attended a draw to which Robbie Keane was also invited as a guest of UEFA, identified the campaign as the culmination of his rebuilding project.

His record of just six wins from 28 matches after two years at the helm has sparked debate over the direction of the team under his stewardship, but his selling point amid the pain of defeats to Luxembourg and Armenia has been preparing his team for this tilt. to bring Ireland back to the country where they first appeared in a tournament at Euro 1988.

group A – Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus

Group BNetherlands, France, Republic of IrelandGreece, Gibraltar

Group C – Italy, England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Malta

Group D – Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia

Group E – Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group F – Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia

Group G – Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group H – Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino

Group I – Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra

Group J – Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein

Dates of the qualifying matches from March 23 to 25, 2023: 1st day.

26-28 March: 2nd day.

16-17 June: 3rd day.

June 19-20: 4th day.

07–09 September: 5th day.

September 10–12 Day 6.

12–14 September Matchday 7.

October 15–17 Matchday 8.

16–18 November Matchday 9.

19–21 November Matchday 10.

Dates of the play-off matches on March 21, 2024: Play-off semi-finals March 26, 2024: Play-off finals.

Dates of the final tournament June 14, 2024: Opening of the UEFA Euro 2024 final.

July 14, 2024: UEFA Euro 2024 final.

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