Wednesday 22 November 2017

Poland-based Ireland to play out of Poznan and Gdansk

Ireland - appearing in the championships for the first time since 1988 - will open against Croatia in Poznan on June 10.

Yet it is the games against Spain, winners in 2008 and World Cup victors in South Africa last year, and 1968 champions Italy which will most excite their fans.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men will travel to Gdansk to face Spain on June 14.

They will return to Poznan to play Italy four days later.

England will face France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine in the group stage of Euro 2012.

The four teams were drawn together in Group D at a ceremony in Kiev tonight.

Fabio Capello's side will begin their campaign against rivals France, whom they have not beaten in five meetings, in Donetsk on June 11.

England have chosen to base their training camp in the Polish city of Krakow but all their group games will now be played in Ukraine.

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