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Euro 2016 hopefuls have their say

14 December 2015

Albion's internationals give their view on the draw

ALBION's Euro 2016 hopefuls have been giving their reaction to the next summer's tournament in France.

Saturday's draw pitched a number of intriguing fixtures involving our players.

Group B sees England in the same group as Wales, Russia and Slovakia, while Northern Ireland will take on World Champions Germany, Poland and Russia in Group C.

Elsewhere, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden will meet in Group E, along with Italy and Belgium, who are currently top of the FIFA rankings.

There was never going to be a perfect group for us. Playing the World Champions will be tough, but we want to test ourselves against the very best - that's what we're going to do. The way the fixtures have fallen for us - we play Germany last - will hopefully help us. We showed in the qualifiers that we can take on anyone. If we can get off to a good start (against Poland) then why not? There is a strong chance for the third place teams in these groups, which gives everyone hope of getting past the first round.

Jonas Olsson (SWEDEN):
Our group really is the toughest. I'm looking forward to it but I know I need to keep my place here in the team to give myself a chance of being part of the squad. I was at the Euros four years ago - it was the greatest few weeks of my career - so I want to go again. It's going to be a big one against Ireland - but that's what it's about, to play on the biggest stage in the world. I'm looking forward to it, but first I'm focusing on club football.

James Chester (WALES):
We were all on the coach watching it and I said to G-Mac that one of us would draw England...which we did. Slovakia and Russia are perhaps a little less known to me but I know how we performed in the qualifiers - so we won't fear anyone. Obviously everyone is talking about the England game but it's important we don't get hung up on that. For us and England, it'll feel like a group we can get out of. 

It's going to be very tough but they all will be. We took four points against Germany so we will go there confident of qualifying beyond the first round. And who knows I might get to play against Jonas - it would be good for the big man to get there. Sweden is a good side, but then so too will the others.

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