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Draw for Euros has lost fun – O'Neill

MARTIN O'Neill reckons UEFA have taken the fun out of Euro draws by taking the haggling out of the qualification process.

O'Neill will take in Chelsea's home clash with Everton and Roy Keane will be at Burnley against Nottingham Forest before they fly to Nice for tomorrow's Euro 2016 draw.

And O'Neill was disappointed to hear that much of the cut and thrust of arranging qualification fixture programmes has been taken out of the process by UEFA's work to streamline the process and smoke-filled rooms are a thing of the past.

The Ireland boss reckons that something has been lost along the way.

"I think there is a little bit lost. I didn't realise this until John (Delaney) had told me at the time that that is what is going to happen," he said.

"He told me a couple of months ago, so I have been well aware of it. Yeah, I would have liked to have been in a little room with some other country arguing the toss.

"It would have been nice after the draw to be walking in and out and feeling, 'Ah yeah, we got that game played then', or whatever the case may be. But if it's all set up it takes that out of the equation," said O'Neill.

The strength of Pot Three for the draw –Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Norway, Slovakia, Romania, Austria, Poland – has caught O'Neill's eye and he believes that there is little difference between it and Ireland's seeding group made up of Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary.


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