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  1. England v Wales on 16 June
  2. Group B: England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia
  3. Group C: Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine
  4. Group E: Rep of Ire, Belgium, Italy, Sweden
  5. BBC Two and Radio 5 live coverage on this page

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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We'll always have Paris (to look forward to)

Is it June yet? 

I don't know about you, but I can't wait for Euro 2016. 

181 days and counting but for now, why not feast on a bit of Bournemouth v Man Utd here where there's a bit of an upset brewing...

Until France next year, au revoir.

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Vote result

The results from our vote are in and 62% you think England will go furthest at Euro 2016.

Time will tell.


Listen to Joshua v Whyte on 5 live

BBC Radio 5 Live

There's some right old ding dongs on the cards for Euro 2016 after that draw, but before all that don't forget about the big fight tonight.

Anthony Joshua faces Dillian Whyte for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight title and you can listen to it LIVE on BBC Radio 5 live from 22:30 GMT. 

You can also follow the action via live text commentary online.

Right then, almost time to wrap things up but before we go let me point you in the direction of a whole host of Euro 2016 content for you to get your teeth into.

Euro 2016 tables and fixtures wallchart.

Guide to the 24 finalists in France.

Venue guide: Where will the games be?

The story of the draw

John Hartson

Former Wales striker on Final Score

"Belgium are beatable, they are ranked one in the world but I’m sure Martin O’Neill will have a quiet word with Chris Coleman to try to plot their way through to a result."

'I don't think I enjoyed the draw!'

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Martin O'Neill
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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill: "It couldn’t get tougher. Italy should be in Pot 1, they have not dropped down the rankings that much. Difficult games to look forward for the fans but it could not be tougher for us.

"Sweden is a game to look forward to, so let’s go for it. Sweden are not a one man team, they were quite strong in qualifying but Ibrahimovic is a top class player.

"I thought I was going to enjoy the draw, I’m not sure I have done. Now we can take time out to study opposition players so that by the time of the games we know everything about them. There is no reason why we shouldn’t.

"About 90 minutes ago I would have said we were delighted to be here, now I’m not so sure! Our support will be fantastic, and this is great for them."

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Oh no...nightmare groups for Ireland Rep & North. Gutted! Fancy England & Wales getting through tho! #bbceuro2016 bring it on...

Seeing Rep of Ireland v Italy. Happy with that. #bbceuro2016

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Republic of Ireland's opener - the venue

Stade de France

Finally, the Republic of Ireland opens against Sweden on June 13 at the Stade de France.

They then play Belgium in Bordeaux five days later, before finishing the group stage against Italy in Lille on 22 June.

Check out all the information about the venues here.

'Well, you have to beat the Germans...'

More words from Michael O'Neill: "The most important thing is to try and take something from your first game. The fixtures maybe work in our favour, playing Poland and Ukraine before Germany, which might be the most demanding physically. 

"I've not seen a lot of Ukraine, I know Poland and Germany a bit more of course. But we will do a lot of analysis so that in June we will be ready to play.

"It's been a fantastic experience to be here and be a part of things. That was a very exciting 45 minutes and now the preparation can start in earnest. 

"At the end of the draw the chief executive said to me: 'Well you have to beat Germany if you want to win the tournament', and of course that was slightly tongue in cheek, but everybody's looking forward to it."

Michael O'Neill

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, speaking to BBC Sport: "Both Poland and Germany showed what they are capable of in qualifying. It's a tough group but we expected that. 

"In many ways it's a good challenge because our strongest options are at centre-back - we've got three Premier League centre-backs, and they will relish the challenge of playing against Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski.

"There are a lot of positives we take into the tournament. We actually won our group, we didn't come through a play-off, people overlook that, and we go into this tournament with everything to gain. 

"The co-efficient isn't in our favour but we have shown what you can achieve with team spirit and work ethic. We only lost one game in qualification."

Northern Ireland's opener - the venue


Here's the venue for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 opener against Poland. That game will take place at 17:00 BST on 12 June. 

They then place Ukraine in Lyon on 16th and finish with a super easy fixture against the world champions Germany on 21 June in Paris.

Alan Shearer

Former England striker on BBC Two

"Overall, England have to be very pleased with the group they have been drawn in. Yes, it will be tough but if we don’t get out of that group there will be something very wrong."

Euro 2016 wall chart

Want to know what your teams fixtures are and when they will be played? Then check out the Euro 2016 wall chart here. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also plot who your side could get in the knockout stage.

Group photo

Maybe the oddest band to grace the X factor? Nope these are the four coaches of Group B teams (from left to right): Ján Kozák of Slovakia, Roy Hodgson of England, Leonid Slutsky of Russia, and Chris Coleman of Wales.

The managers of Group B pose for a photo

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A bit more from Roy Hodgson: "Chris Coleman and I have been friends for a long time, and whatever happens we'll be friends after the game as well.

"Slovakia and Russia are interesting. I've not come across either of those two teams in my international career - which is unusual given how many matches we play. They are two newcomers on my CV but we respect them and it will be a question of doing plenty of research now.

"I've been to Lens before with the Swedish Olympic team in the late 1980s. It was a great atmosphere and it is interesting we'll play at Marseille and St Etienne as well. Three quite iconic places. Now it's a question of making certain we produce on the field."

'Why not have a tough one close to home?'

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England manager Roy Hodgson, speaking to BBC Sport: "I feel good about it. There was always  a very good chance we would meet one of the home nations. 

"We are very pleased Wales have done so well, and whichever of the teams we got in that pot it would be tough. Why not have a tough one close to home?

"We know all the Wales players - almost all of them play in England. But what we know most of all is the team is very organised, they have a strong spirit and a good spine. In Aaron Ramsey, Ashley Williams and Gareth Bale, they have three really top class players. We have a lot of respect for Wales. 

"When it comes to draws though you are just happy you're name is in the hat because it is such a lottery. You just take what you get."

John Hartson

Former Wales striker on Final Score

"We did well against them in the rugby, let’s hope we can do it in football as well!"

'We look forward to it'

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Chris Coleman

"Well, we’ve got them, it will be a great game, it is two good teams and to win 10 games in the campaign is a fantastic return. England are one of the best teams, and we looked at it and would have wanted to avoid it, but we look forward to it.

"Roy knows this with his experience, but when you get to a tournament it’s about the 90 minutes on the day and you have to get it right. It does not matter who you play. Slovakia had some great results, and Russia are Russia. You just have to prepare yourselves in the same way.

"I was so honoured and proud to be here, representing Wales was a fantastic feeling. I am very excited, we're in a group with some hot competition. But that is why we are here, we deserve to be here and I think the tournament will be a fantastic one."

England v Wales - where is it?

eURO 2016

The venue for England v Wales? The Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. That game kicks off on 16 June at 14:00 BST.

Roy Hodgson and Chris Coleman have already exchanged words after the draw - an early hint into tactics?

Roy Hodgson and Chris Coleman exchange words after the draw

Wales' opener - the venue

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Meanwhile, Wales will begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux on Saturday 11 June. That game kicks off at 17:00 BST.

England's opener - the venue

Euro 2016

England will kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia at Stade Velodrome in Marseille on 11 June. 

That, by the way, was the same venue as their opener for the World Cup in France in 1998. England beat Tunisia 2-0 in that game.

Germany favourites? Or France?

Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Two

"Germany are good enough of course but I do fancy France to win it. I just think what has happened there will have such a big impact once the tournament gets under way.

"Momentum will be a big thing in this competition. If you can get a positive result to start and then build." 

First things first

Alan Shearer

Former England striker on BBC Two

"For first time in a long time England will go to a tournament without any real stars. It might be early for them but we do have Cahill, Barkley and Stones, and a very good goalkeeper in Hart.

"Let’s not talk about qualifying for the knockout stage just yet! Let’s just hope to do well in the group."

All getting very real now the draw has been made. Can't wait to face England 😉 #EURO2016

Tough @UEFAEURO draw but cannot wait to get out to France, all starting to sink in now! #TogetherStronger

Tough @UEFAEURO draw but cannot wait to get out to France, all starting to sink in now! #TogetherStronger

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Think most of us were hoping we didn't get Italy! I bet Hodgson is also very relieved to have avoided them #Euro2016Draw #bbceuro2016

The Ireland's couldn't have hoped for a worse draw could they, gutting after how hard they worked #Euro2016Draw #bbceuro2016

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Worried Didier?

He shouldn't be... it's a relatively easy group for the hosts. A reminder Group A is: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.

Didier Deschamps

'Republic underdogs in every game'

Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Two

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"The Republic of Ireland are better as underdogs. They are underdogs in all three games you could argue. Probably this is the least talented Republic squad that has ever qualified. 

"But they work so hard though, and because they have no stars, they are very difficult to beat. Last time at the Euros, we were very poor. But I don't see that happening again."

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Who are you going to see?

Right then, now we know what the first 36 fixtures of the tournament are and where they will be played, which game have you got tickets to see? Done well? Feel free to tweet us a picture of just how happy, or sad, you are.

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Jamie Ward

Northern Ireland forward on BBC Two

"We will go there and try to do or best. You look at Ukraine as a game to win. No pressure though! We've got a chance to go and play against some of the best players in the world. Hopefully our spirit can carry us through. 

"It's been great for the fans to have something to cheer about and I am sure they will travel in numbers to France as well." 

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Tough draw for Northern Ireland. Germany, Poland and Ukraine. Thoughts, Northern Ireland fans?

Of all #EURO2016 group matches, Austria v Hungary has been played most often(136). Austria won 39 times, Hungary 66 (31 draws) #Euro2016Draw

Austria are drawn
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Kevin Ratcliffe

Former Wales and Everton captain on BBC Radio Wales

"I'd rather be playing England than France, Germany or Spain.

"There are other countries that actually scare me more than they do. I think that's a good draw for Wales.

"I'm hoping to pick up at least four points."

Chris Coleman looks like he might just agree with John Hartson. Big smile on the Wales boss at the moment. Are you as happy with the draw, England and Wales fans?

'Just what I wanted'

John Hartson

Former Wales striker

"I wanted that, it’s a great game for supporters, for television and the players will look forward to it.

"I think players from both countries will be pleased with that."

'England will be pleased'

Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Two

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"Slovakia and Russia, I think England will be pleased. You don't know what you're gonna get until you get there, but I think they will be happy with that.

"It's a dogs dinner for the Republic of Ireland though. That is a very tough group. But we are difficult to beat.

"And there are only eight of the teams who don't go through to the knockout stage. A win could be enough to send you through as one of the best third-placed teams."  

Alan Shearer

Former England striker on BBC Two

"England can be reasonably happy, but I’m sick of saying that after draws for Euros or World Cups! We should just get there and see what happens!

Why not play Wales? I think deep down Chris Coleman and Roy Hodgson will be delighted. They know the players well and should look forward to it."