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Reading FC Stars Set For Huge Euro 2016 Clashes

Major nations across Europe are bracing for a crushing blow to be delivered by one of the many Reading players involved in Euro 2016 after the draw was made this evening.

Chris Gunter Battles James Milner For Wales
Chris Gunter Battles James Milner For Wales
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First things first is the big news that Wales will face England in Group B, along with Russia and Slovakia, with the neighbours facing off on June 16 in Lens. That will likely involve Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu, if fit, for the underdogs after both played a key role in sending Chris Coleman's side to France. They kick off their campaign against Slovakia on June 11 in Bordeaux and finish off versus Russia in Toulouse on June 20.

Remember that the two top sides in each of the six groups go through, with the four best third-place teams also progressing. Group B's winner will take on a third-placed team from either Group A, C or D while the runner-up takes on Group F's runner-up in the last 16.

The next Royal interest is in Group C, with Oliver Norwood's Northern Ireland drawn alongside Ukraine, Poland and World Champions Germany. A tough group, the central midfielder can look forward to opening up against the Poles in Nice on June 12 before playing Ukraine in Lyon on June 16. Finally the favourites await in Paris on June 21.

Matej Vydra will hope a strong end to the season will put him in contention for a call-up to the Czech Republic side drawn in Group D. If the striker adds to his 15 caps and four goals with the Czechs he'll line up against Spain - who they face in the June 13 opener - Turkey and Croatia. It's the Turks in Lens in the final match on June 21 after Croatia in Saint-Etienne on June 17.

Last but not least, Paul McShane will likely be part of Martin O'Neil's Republic of Ireland squad who qualified through the play-offs to reach Group E with Belgium, Italy, and Sweden. Perhaps the toughest group of all, Sweden are up first on June 13 before Belgium in Bordeaux on June 18. Lastly Antonio Conte's Italy are up on June 22 in Lille.

Here's the full draw: