Fabio Capello believes England have been given a 'very tough' qualifying group for Euro 2012 after being paired with Wales, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro.
The Three Lions avoided tricky second seeds like Turkey, Sweden and Serbia during Sunday's draw in Warsaw, but the Italian coach claimed the draw could have been more favourable.
England were also placed in one of three qualifying groups containing only five teams instead of six for the tournament which runs from June 8-July 1 in Poland and Ukraine.
"All four opponents are really dangerous," said Capello."Wales will be my first derby as manager of an international team. It will be interesting. They are really young but the value of the players is high.
"I prefer a smaller group because we have less games but the group is very tough.
"Switzerland qualified for the World Cup, they are one of the best teams. I remember when I played against them it was not easy to win away.
"I have big confidence in my team and I am sure we will play a fantastic qualifying tournament for 2012."
Meanwhile, Capello refused to elaborate on his decision to strip John Terry of the international captaincy.
The Chelsea skipper lost the armband during brief meeting with Capello on Friday following a week of lurid allegations concerning his private life.
Speaking to reporters at the Euro 2012 draw in Warsaw, Capello said:"I spoke with John Terry, you all know why. It was a private conversation.
"No other questions. I am concentrated on football and I want to speak about the draw. Nothing else."