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Deschamps: France-Romania clash the 'most important' Group A match

ESPN FC's Ian Darke reacts to France's Group A opponents ahead of Euro 2016.

European Championship hosts France have to be wary of overconfidence if they are to qualify from Group A ahead of Switzerland, Romania and Albania, coach Didier Deschamps has admitted.

The French side will kick off the tournament against the Romanians in Saint-Denis on Friday, June 10, and their boss is says his side will have to be ready from the off.

"We don't know the Romanian team that well," Deschamps said. "They performed very well during the qualification stage with the best defence and just...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Euro 2016, Group A: France favourite, plus Switzerland, Romania and Albania

ESPN FC's Alison Bender and Julien Laurens preview what awaits visitors to France.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke reacts to France's Group A opponents ahead of Euro 2016.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Dan Thomas give their reactions to the Euro 2016 draw.

The draw has been made for the group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F

Predicted finish:

1. France 2. Switzerland 3. Romania 4.Albania

France (SPI odds to win group: 82.5 percent)

The hosts hope to repeat the success home advantage helped them achieve in winning the 1998 World Cup and Euro '84. Coach Didier Deschamps was the captain at France '98 and leads a talented squad with quality in defence, midfield and attack. However,...

Euro 2016 draw: England to play Wales, Belgium drawn against Italy

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Dan Thomas give their reactions to the Euro 2016 draw.

England and Wales have been drawn together in the same group at Euro 2016, while Belgium and Italy will also meet in France next summer. 

Wales are competing in only their second major finals, after qualifying for the 1958 World Cup. Gareth Bale's team will meet neighbours England in the second match of Group B, which takes place in Lens on Thursday, June 16. Russia and debutants Slovakia complete the group.

Belgium, currently world No. 1 in the FIFA Ranking, will take on Italy -- who lost to...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Euro 2016: How the draw works for next summer's finals

The ESPN FC crew don't expect any upsets at Euro 2016, listing the usual suspects as potential winners.
ESPN FC's Stewart Robson discusses Ireland's qualification into Euro 2016 following a 3-1 aggregate win over Bosnia.
Jon Walters reacts to Ireland's qualification into Euro 2016 following his two goals against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Hosts France will be joined by holders Spain plus Germany, England, Portugal and Belgium as the six seeded nations at Euro 2016. France will automatically be drawn into position A1, playing their games in Paris, Marseille and Lille, with the other seeds placed into position 1 of groups B through to F.

The nations in pots 2 to 4 will be randomly drawn into a position in each group to create the fixture programme for the group stage of the finals. The draw ceremony begins at 5 p.m. GMT on Saturday,...