Martin O'Neill: I didn't enjoy Euro 2016 draw
Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill admitted his team could not have been handed a tougher task as they were draw against Belgium, Italy at Sweden at next summer's Euro 2016 finals.
Ireland needed plenty of luck to get a good draw as they were among the bottom seeds, but they have been handed a trio of high profile rivals that left O'Neill to offer up this reaction.
"It couldn’t get tougher," stated the Ireland boss.
"Italy should be in Pot 1, they have not dropped down the rankings that much. Difficult games to look forward for the fans but it could not be tougher for us.
"Sweden is a game to look forward to, so let’s go for it. Sweden are not a one man team, they were quite strong in qualifying but Ibrahimovic is a top class player.
"I thought I was going to enjoy the draw, I’m not sure I have done. Now we can take time out to study opposition players so that by the time of the games we know everything about them. There is no reason why we shouldn’t.
"About 90 minutes ago I would have said we were delighted to be here, now I’m not so sure! Our support will be fantastic, and this is great for them."
This is Ireland's schedule for Euro 2016 next summer:
Sweden (Stade de France, Saint Denis) - June 13th, 5pm kick-off
Belgium (Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux) - June 18th, 2pm kick-off
Italy (Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lillle) - June 22nd, 8pm kick-off
Revised Euro 2016 odds:
Republic of Ireland 100/1
Northern Ireland 300/1