England & Wales together, ROI and Northern Ireland get tough pools – Euro 2016 draw

We were all hoping for it, weren’t we? Football fans from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all wanted to face at least one of their regional rivals in EURO 2016 group action, and with four of the five having qualified, there was a good chance of it happening.

Group B has thoroughly delivered with England and Wales due to face off in what will be an epic clash. The two nations will also play Russia and Slovakia.

Northern Ireland face a mammoth task following their shock qualification, with defending world champions Germany the headline name in Group C. Poland will also be on the agenda for Michael O’Neill’s men next summer, as well as Ukraine.

Finally, ROI will face current world number ones (according to FIFA) Belgium. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden are also in Group E, along with Italy.

Hosts France will play Albania, Switzerland and Romania in a favourable Group A, while reigning champions Spain are alongside Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia.

The Groups…

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With the draw happening in sync with Bournemouth’s clash with Manchester United, Carlsberg – Official Beer of the England Team – were on hand to help fans find out the big story in real time…

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Carlsberg)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Carlsberg)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Carlsberg)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: during the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Manchester United at the Vitality Stadium on December 12, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Carlsberg)

As the names came out, the advertising hoardings were used to get the message across in clever fashion. Hats off to Carlsberg!