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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Spain's Vicente Del Bosque calls Euro 2016 Group D 'extraordinarily tough'

ESPN FC's Santi Solari feels Croatia have the best midfield at the Euro's, but indicates Spain will still win the group.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said he is wary of facing Croatia at Euro 2016 after they were drawn together in Group D along with Czech Republic and Turkey.

Two-time defending champions Spain will attempt to be the first nation to win the tournament three times running, but Del Bosque said they must overcome a "extraordinarily tough" group.

"We will go there with the aim of winning the Euro for the third consecutive time," he said. "It would be fantastic for Spanish football. No one has ever achieved...

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,...

Russian clubs banned from signing Turkish players - Vitaly Mutko

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko is also head of the RFU.

Russia has banned its football clubs from signing Turkish players, according to Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

Tensions between the two countries have increased after Turkey shot down a Russian jet last week, which Russia president Vladimir Putin responded to by announcing a host of sanctions including restrictions on imports of some Turkish goods and a ban on charter flights.

The sanctions have also spilled into the world of sport as Mutko, who is also president of the Russian Football Union...

 By Mark Rodden

Fatih Terim: Turkey fans should respect Paris tribute

Fatih Terim
Fatih Terim was unhappy with the fans' behaviour during Tuesday's friendly with Greece.

Turkey coach Fatih Terim has criticised home fans who whistled during a minute's silence designed to commemorate the victims of the Paris terror attacks in the friendly against Greece.

Some home fans also jeered the Greek national anthem during Tuesday's 0-0 draw in Istanbul.

According to reports the majority of the fans were actually chanting an anti-terror slogan directed at those who killed 129 people in the French capital last week.

While reports also say that the whistles were a response...