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Wales to play friendlies with Ukraine and Northern Ireland

Wales will play Ukraine and Northern Ireland ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales look set to face Ukraine and Northern Ireland in friendlies ahead of this summer's Euro 2016 finals.

The Ukraine Football Federation has announced that they'll host Wales for a friendly in Kiev on March 28th, while four days earlier Wales will host Northern Ireland at home.

Wales are in the same group as Slovakia, England and Russia at the European Championship finals this summer - their first major tournament for 58 years.


England have 50-50 chance of playing Wales

UEFA has announced its seedings for the Euro 2016 draw leaving a 50-50 chance that England will be playing Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.

England will be among the top seeds in Pot 1 along with hosts France and European champions Spain.

Whilst Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will be among the six countries in Pot 4, based on UEFA's coefficient statistics.

Wales will head to France as tournament rookies. Credit: PA Images

In July, Chris Coleman's side were among the top seeds for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw but that was based on much higher FIFA rankings.

The draw, which takes place on the 12th December will see the 24 finalists draw into six groups of four teams for next summer's finals in France.

The winners and runners-up in each group will qualify for the knockout phase with only eight teams being eliminated in the group phase.

The tournament will start on 10th June 2016 and the final will take place at the Stade de France in July.

Shaun MacDonald called up to Wales squad

Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald has been called into the Wales squad for Friday's friendly with Holland.

MacDonald replaces David Cotterill, who is expected to be sidelined for two or three weeks after a knee injury.

The Holland friendly marks the start of Wales' Euro 2016 build-up after they successfully qualified for next summer's finals in France.

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