England have been drawn in the same group as Wales for the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Fabio Capello’s side after the World Cup will turn their priorities into qualifying for the European Championships, which are being jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine in just over two years time.
Both England and Wales have been drawn in Group G with Switzerland, Bulgaria and Montenegro.
Meanwhile, Scotland have been given a tough draw – they face Spain, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Liechtenstein in Group I.
Northern Ireland also face a toush ask qualifying for the finals – they await Group C matches against current world champions Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Estonia and Faroe Islands.
Republic of Ireland meet Russia, Slovakia, Macedonia, Armenia and Andorra in Group B.
Each winner of the group will qualify for the finals. There is also a direct entry for the best ‘runner-up’ team who have the best record out of all the nine teams finishing in second.
The eight remaining runners-up will have to play in crucial play-off matches towards the back end of 2011. Hosts Poland and Ukraine do not have to qualify.
The proper tournament itself is due to start on June 8 2012, with the final taking place on July 1. It will be the final European Championships to content just 16 teams, with the next tournament in 2016 including 24 nations.
The groups in full:
Group A: Germany, Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan
Group B: Russia, Slovakia, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Andorra
Group C: Italy, Serbia, NORTHERN IRELAND, Slovenia, Estonia, Faroe Islands
Group D: France, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, Luxembourg
Group E: Holland, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, San Marino
Group F: Croatia, Greece, Israel, Latvia, Georgia, Malta
Group G: ENGLAND, Switzerland, Bulgaria, WALES, Montenegro
Group H: Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Iceland
Group I: Spain, Czech Republic, SCOTLAND, Lithuania, Liechtenstein