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Euro 2016 draw: what it means for the Royals...

14 December 2015

Groups drawn for Euro 2016

After Saturday night's Euro 2016 draw, we take a look at what it all means for the Royals who could be representing their nations on the international stage in France next summer...


Royals duo Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu could be competing in Group B for the Dragons.  As well as setting up a mouth-watering tie with England in the group stages, the draw also sees Wales competing against Russia and Slovakia for a place in the last 16.

Gunter and Robson-Kanu both played pivotal roles in Wales’ qualification campaign, helping the nation qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1958.  The Welsh will play their opening game against Slovakia at the Stade De Bordeaux on Saturday 11th June.

Royals duo @RobsonKanu and @Chrisgunter16 will face @england next summer at Euro 2016 with @FAWales! https://t.co/qa06NgS5V6

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 12, 2015

Oliver Norwood’s Northern Ireland face a tough task to qualify in Group C, being drawn alongside World Champions Germany as well as the joint-hosts in 2012, Poland and Ukraine.  Norwood started every game for the Ulstermen as they stormed through qualification, winning their group to book a place at the Euros for the first time in their history.

Northern Ireland will start their Euro campaign in Nice when they face Poland on June 12th, and play their final group game at the Parc De Princes in Paris against the Germans. 

Royals midfielder Oliver Norwood's @OfficialIrishFA will meet World Cup winners Germany in the Euro 2016 groups... https://t.co/Zxo5dgcgBI

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 12, 2015

The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in Group E, which has already been labelled by many as the 'group of death'.  Ireland will be competing with world number one side Belgium, 2012 runners-up Italy and Zlatan Ibrahimović’s Sweden for a place in the knock-out stages.

Reading midfielder Stephen Quinn and our skipper Paul McShane will both hope to be involved in the action next summer; both missed out on the qualification play-off through injury.  McShane suffered a short-term injury the week before Ireland’s double header with Bosnia-Herzegovina, while Quinn also missedn the games through a longer-term injury which he sustained back in September.  Ireland face Sweden in their opening game at the Stade de France on June 13th.

Reading duo @pmacca15 & Stephen Quinn, & @FAIreland have fixtures with Belgium, Sweden and Italy to look forward to. https://t.co/Inut0hUoun

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 12, 2015

Matej Vydra’s Czech Republic have been drawn in Group D in France alongside Croatia, Turkey and the holders Spain.  Vydra, who has 22 international caps to his name, received a call-up but had to miss out on Czech Republic’s final group games through injury; he will be hoping to feature next June.

Czech Republic finished top of their qualification group ahead of surprise package Iceland and fellow Group D opponents Turkey.  They will first face Spain in Toulouse and finish their group against Turkey in Lens.

.@vydra_92's Czech Republic face reigning European champions Spain in their Euro 2016 group stage. https://t.co/6BPvDh34be

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 12, 2015

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