Women's Euro 2022: England to face Northern Ireland, Austria and Norway

Euro 2022 hosts England are the fifth-highest ranked side going into the 16-team tournament, while Northern Ireland are making their debut in the competition after clinching qualification through the play-offs

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England head coach Sarina Wiegman says the preparation starts now ahead of next summer's Women's Euro 2022

Euro 2022 hosts England have been drawn against Northern Ireland, Austria and Norway in Group A, while the Netherlands will begin their title defence against Sweden.

England, the fifth-highest ranked side in the tournament, will take on Austria in their opening match at Old Trafford on July 6.

Sarina Wiegman's side will then face Norway at the Amex Stadium on July 11 before playing Northern Ireland in their final group game at St Mary's on July 15.

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Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels says the Euro 2022 draw was always going to be tough for his players but they have to learn how to compete against the stronger sides

Northern Ireland, under Kenny Shiels, qualified for a first major tournament finals in their history with a play-off triumph over Ukraine in April.

They took on England at Wembley last Saturday, with substitute Beth Mead's hat-trick giving England a 4-0 win.

Germany, Denmark, Spain and Finland make up Group B, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Russia are in Group C and Group D consists of France, Italy, Belgium and Iceland.

The final of the competition, which was pushed back by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, is to take place at Wembley on July 31.

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England boss Wiegman oversaw her native Netherlands winning the last Euros, on home soil, in 2017 and subsequently guided the Dutch to the final of the 2019 World Cup.

The Netherlands' run in 2017 included a semi-final victory over England, who then lost to the United States at the same stage at the World Cup for a third successive major tournament last-four exit.

Women's Euro 2022 finals draw

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland.

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland.

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Russia, Switzerland.

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland.

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