Euro 2016 qualifying draw: Group E looks Easy for England

England forward Wayne Rooney. Photo: PA

England have been handed a straightforward qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 while Scotland and the Republic of Ireland will face each other for a place at the finals in France.

Roy Hodgson's side were drawn in Group E along with Switzerland - the team he led to the 1994 World Cup finals - Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino.

England have never played Lithuania before, but San Marino have been regular opponents - in 1993 they famously scored after just 8.3 seconds against England after an attempted back-pass by Stuart Pearce.

England went on to win 7-1 - and have scored at least five goals in the four games they have played. Estonia should also pose little problem, with England playing them twice in 2007 and winning 3-0 home and away. Switzerland will be England's biggest challenge, having secured a 2-2 draw at Wembley in qualifying for Euro 2012.

Scotland and the Republic have tough campaigns ahead after being drawn together in Group D along with Germany, Poland and Georgia, as well as UEFA's newest member Gibraltar, who were drawn to Group C with Spain but were switched to D for political reasons.

Wales have a shot at a play-off place or better in Group B, where they will face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra.

It is a similar story for Northern Ireland, who were drawn in Group F with Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland and the Faroe Islands in a competitive-looking group.

Full draw below:

GROUP A

Netherlands

Czech Republic

Turkey

Latvia

Iceland

Kazhakstan

GROUP B

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Belgium

Israel

WALES

Cyprus

Andorra

GROUP C

Spain

Ukraine

Slovakia

Belarus

Macedonia

Luxembourg

GROUP D

Germany

Republic of Ireland

Poland

SCOTLAND

Georgia

Gibraltar

GROUP E

ENGLAND

Switzerland

Slovenia

Estonia

Lithuania

San Marino

GROUP F

Greece

Hungary

Romania

Finland

NORTEHRN IRELAND

Faroe Islands

GROUP G

Russia

Sweden

Austria

Montenegro

Moldova

Liechstenstein

GROUP H

Italy

Croatia

Norway

Bulgaria

Azerbaijan

Malta

GROUP I

Portugal

Denmark

Serbia

Armenia

Albania

France*

*France qualify as hosts, but will play friendlies against teams in Group I. There will be no points awarded for games in which France figure, so these will have no affect on the Group I table.

The top two teams from each group plus the third-placed team with the best record qualify automatically for the finals. The remaining eight third-placed teams will contest play-offs.

Qualifiers to be played between September 7, 2014 and October 13, 2015. Play-off matches to be played in November 2015.