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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Preamble Morning. Cold hands, warm balls and tired gags aplenty - yep, it's Big Draw time, from Molineux in Switzerland. This is for the Euro 2008 qualifiers, and I'm just sniffing around on all fours, nose cocked as if I'm sizing up a fine wine, to try and find the various seeding pots. Suffice to say that, in a worst-case scenario, England can get Italy, Denmark and Sir Robby Bobson's Republic of Ireland. Harsh.
The big difference Is that there are no play-offs this time: it's seven groups with the top two qualify to go alongside the hosts Austria and Switzerland, and I'm boring myself now so here are the pools.
Pool 1: Greece, Netherlands, Portugal, England, Czech Republic, France, …