Sunday, 7 February 2010

Northern Ireland draws the short straw

The best that can be said about Northern Ireland's draw for the European Championship qualifiers is that it will make for some interesting trips. World Champions Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Faroe Islands. It doesn't get much tougher.

Serbia finished above France on their way to World Cup qualification and Slovenia we know all about, having finished below them in our group. Even the Faroe Islands, managed by former Republic boss Brian Kerr, are tricky opponents. I can almost see the headlines already.

O'Neill is preparing his tank again, but I hope that Northern Ireland fans will get a warm welcome in Belgrade. Estonia is an accessible trip and I always enjoy travelling in Italy. Perhaps the Faroes is the one to miss this time?

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