COACH Fabio Capello was relieved to avoid the difficult Group B at Euro 2012 and content with England’s “balanced” Group D draw.
England will face France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine following last night’s draw in Kiev.
Spain and Italy will meet in Group C - providing an imposing test for the Republic of Ireland - while Group B will comprise three past champions in Holland, Denmark and Germany as well as 2004 runners-up Portugal.
“I think Group B was the worst, Group A was better,” Capello said, reflecting on co-hosts Poland’s grouping with Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic. “We have a balanced group.”