A late fightback sealed the Republic’s place in France via the play-offs, but a tough draw did them little favours..


Romania have few attacking options but are confident of springing a surprise.

‘Naturalizatsiya’ – non-Russians – have boosted an ageing squad.

Having beaten Italy at the 2010 World Cup, another upset is possible.

Spain Koke

The champions appear resigned to missing a recordbreaking treble.

For the Swedes, everything revolves around Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Turks believe anything is possible after last-minute qualification.

The 2012 co-hosts will be competitive, but that may not be enough.

Gareth Bale Wales

There is more to Wales than the Gareth Bale factor.