Tough draw for holders, English
Defending champions Spain and 1968 winners Italy will clash in Group C of UEFA EURO 2012 after the draw for next year's finals was made on Friday.
The Republic of Ireland and Croatia make up the pool, with the top two sides progressing to the quarter-finals.
"England are one of the biggest nations in football," France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris told Tele Lyon Metropole. "They'll start as favourites in the group...Behind England, the Ukraine, Sweden and France will fight for second place."
In a mouth-watering Group B, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and Portugal were all drawn together, while co-hosts Poland will face Greece, Russia and Czech Republic in Group A.
"It's a difficult draw but a great draw," Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder told Dutch television channel NOS. "We know our three opponents very well. If we manage to beat them and get out of the group, we'll be well placed to win the tournament. I'm confident."
The three-week long tournament, which runs from 8 June to 1 July, will be hosted by four cities in each country -- Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdansk and Poznan in Poland; Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv in the Ukraine.
Poland will face 2004 winners Greece in the opening game on 8 June.
Groups for UEFA EURO 2012:
Republic of Ireland