Bulgaria first for England
England will kick off their UEFA EURO 2012 qualification campaign at home to Bulgaria on 3 September. Fabio Capello's men continue their Group G campaign away to Switzerland four days later and then face a home match against Montenegro in October.
The draw, conducted today in Tel Aviv, suits England as they have avoided June matches in Bulgaria and Montenegro where the heat could have proved a problem. England take on John Toshack's Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 26 March 2011. They host the Swiss in June and travel to Bulgaria in early September when the temperature is likely to be less of an issue. The return match with Wales takes place at Wembley on 6 September 2011. English finish their campaign away to Montenegro on 7 October.
Wales face a tricky start, away to Montenegro on 3 September, with a home match with Bulgaria the following month. They travel to Switzerland and are at home to Montenegro either side of their home match against England. The principality take on Switzerland in Cardiff in October 2011 and finish their campaign away to Bulgaria on 11 October 2011.
Republic of Ireland open their qualifying campaign in Group B away to Armenia. They face Andorra at home four days later before two tough matches, at home to Russia on 8 October and away to FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers Slovakia on 12 October. Home and away matches against FYR Macedonia follow in March and June next year before return games against Slovakia and Russia in the space of five days in September 2011.
Giovanni Trapattoni's men will expect to pick up maximum points from their final two qualifiers, though, away to Andorra on 7 October 2011 and at home to Armenia four days later.