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Rupert Wyman 7th Feb 2010 - 20:21

England's Group G

Group G is the first of three five team groups and with England looking likely winners, it is an advantage to the teams chasing the coveted runner up spot, they will prefer to be in a five team group than a six team group.

Capello had stated before the draw that he had hoped for a five game group, so he will be reasonably pleased. It was a tense occasion for Capello at today's ceremony in Warsaw as he was barracked with questions concerning the England captaincy, after John Terrys' latest misdemeanours.

England has been drawn against Wales in their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. The group also consists of Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro.

Wales play most of their home matches at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. They failed to qualify for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, after a promising start in qualifying.

Their two home defeats, in the spring last year to Finland and Germany ended their hopes of qualification.

The current Wales squad has been revitalised under John Toshack and it comprises of many up and coming young players, such as Cardiff's Joe Ledley and Wolves' Hennessy.

Wales are a resilient side and will not want to be seen as the group whipping boys. They are improving every game and with Bellamy leading the attack, they are more than capable of taking points off their competitors.

England last played Wales in 2005 in a World Cup qualifier, edging it 1-0 in Cardiff.

Toshack said; 'without doubt, drawing England will please all the Welsh fans - plenty of history there and we like nothing better than another chance against the old enemy'.

Switzerland can pose a threat to Capello's England. They were the first team Capello faced after taking charge of England, in a 2-1 win at Wembley.

Ottmar Hitzfield is the Switzerland coach and he has led them to the 2010 World Cup Finals.

They have a strong squad of players that include Premier League stars Behrami of West Ham and Djourou of Arsenal.

Former England manager Terry Venables, thinks England has one of the harder groups and is wary of Switzerland, he stated, they 'are a difficult team. I think they've improved tremendously the last few years'.

The Bulgarians have Manchester United's Dimitar Berbitov in their national team. Their head coach is Stanimar Stoilov, they have a strong squad of players but they appear to not work as hard on the pitch as the Swiss.

Montenegro was one of the hardest fifth seeds in the draw. They are more than capable of causing an upset in the group. The Montenegro national side is one of the world's newest international teams, they were formed after the 2006 World Cup.

Their manager is Zlatko Kranjcar, father of Tottenham's centre midfielder Niko Kranjcar. Their star player is Roma centre forward Mirko Vucinic, he is known for his speed, dribbling and goal scoring abilities.

Despite their status as fifth seeds, they will want to qualify for their first major finals and it is a realistic target.

The football associations in a group have thirty days after today's draw to agree on the order of the matches.  If the associations are unable to agree on a format, the matches will take place according to a standard fixture list drawn up by the UEFA administration. Fixture negotiation will be key in ascertaining the prices of the teams to qualify and each team's threat within the group.

It is easy to forget that England missed out on qualification for the last Euros.

Hosts Poland and Ukraine get a bye to the finals and champions Spain have Scotland and the Czech Republic in their group. The nine winners and the runner-up with the best record against the top five sides in their pool qualify directly for the finals. The eight remaining runners-up go into play-off matches in November 2011 to decide the final four sides to join the hosts.




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