The continent with the highest seeds for the finals, Europe, was the last region to be drawn. Wales were the first team to be drawn from the pot and they are pooled into Group A along with rivals Scotland, Serbia, Belgium and Croatia, while Macedonia will offer the customary resistance, but the Croatians start as clear favourites in the group. Group B promises to be a cracker as Italy, Denmark and Czech Republic fight it out along with Bulgaria, Armenia and Malta.
Germany have an easy ride in Group C, with Sweden and Ireland the only sides capable of mounting a challenge of any capacity. 2010 finalists, Netherlands, also have a straightforward group, with the threat expected to come from Turkey, Hungary and possibly Romania. Current holders Spain have been drawn in Group I along with France, Belarus, Georgia and Finland.