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Everton may be returning to European football in the continent's secondary competition, but they have been drawn in a group worthy of the Champions League.

Everton may be returning to European football in the continent's secondary competition, but they have been drawn in a group worthy of the Champions League.

The Europa League draw in Monaco on Friday afternoon was unkind to Roberto Martinez's side, who came from pot three to line up against Lille, Wolfsburg and Krasnodar.

With a side who finished third in Ligue 1 last year, one that came fifth in the Bundesliga and a gruelling journey to a distant Russian outpost, Group H is sure to be a tough ask for the Toffees between now and Christmas.

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England's other representative, Tottenham, face top seeds Besiktas in Group C, the same side that North London rivals Arsenal beat 1-0 over two legs in their Champions League play-off. Celtic, meanwhile, will play Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb and Astra in Group D.

All three sides will go in with the ultimate aim of making the final in Warsaw next year, with victory in this year's competition coming with the added incentive of a guaranteed place in the Champions League play-offs.

Besiktas, spearheaded on the field by former Chelsea forward Demba Ba, are Tottenham's biggest threat in a group rounded out by Serbia's Partizan Belgrade and Asteras Tripolis of Greece.

Group H: Lille, Wolfsburg, EVERTON, FC Krasnodar.

Group C: TOTTENHAM, Besiktas, Partizan Belgrade, Asteras Tripolis

Group D: Salzburg, CELTIC, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Astra


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