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Ireland seeded for Euro 2012 play-offs

UEFA has confirmed Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Croatia and Czech Republic are the seeded nations for the Euro 2012 play-off draw.

Ireland secured their place in the play-offs after clinching second spot in Group B with a 2-1 victory over Armenia on Tuesday night, thanks to an own goal from Valeri Aleksanyan and an effort from Richard Dunne. Giovanni Trapattoni's side will discover their play-off opponents on Thursday when the draw is made in Krakow, with Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia and Montenegro the four unseeded teams. Alongside co-hosts Poland and Ukraine, holders Spain, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Greece, England, Denmark and Sweden have all already booked their spots at next summer's tournament.

The current co-efficients will also be used for the finals, which means the top two pots of seeds will be:

Pot 1: Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Netherlands

Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, Russia Greece, Sweden and Denmark will be in

Pot 3, with the fourth team in the pot depending on the play-off winners. If Croatia win they will be in Pot 3. Which would leave Portugal in Pot 4 with the other play-off winners, which could include Euro 2000 winners and 2006 World Cup finalists France in the bottom pot.

The only way France can be seeded third is if both Croatia and Portugal lose in the play-offs.

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