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John O'Shea reacts to Ireland's U17 group draw

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

21:00 4 Apr 2019

Ireland will face Greece, Czech Republic, and Belgium at the European Under-17 Championships.

Ireland hosts the tournament which runs from May 3rd to 19th and it also serves as a qualification route for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Tallaght Stadium, the UCD Bowl, Tolka Park and Whitehall Stadium are the Dublin venues.

Longford's City Calling Stadium, the Waterford RSC and the Carlisle Grounds host the other games.

Today's draw took place at the Aviva Stadium. Ex-Ireland international and tournament ambassador John O'Shea helped conduct the draw.

"Happy"

He spoke to OTB's Stephen Doyle afterwards and he believes Under-17 boss Colin O'Brien will be quietly satisfied with the group draw.

"I had a quick chat with Colin. He was happy and I think he was just happy that the draw was done," he said.

"Obviously, they've qualified automatically and they've been playing friendly games. Now, the test is soon upon them at the beginning of May.

"They'll be well prepared and I'm sure they'll have fantastic backing behind them as well."

Stephen also spoke to O'Brien and you can watch both interviews above via YouTube.

The Draw

Ireland, U17, Ireland U17s2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Finals Draw, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4/4/2019
A view of the final groups drawn ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Group A

Ireland

Belgium

Czech Republic

Greece

 

Group B

Netherlands

France

England

Sweden

 

Group C

Iceland

Portugal

Hungary

Russia

 

Group D

Spain

Italy

Germany

Austria

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