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WALES FIND OUT OPPONENTS FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Wales have been drawn alongside England in the draw for the 2019 Women's World Cup qualifiers.
Jayne Ludlow's side will also face Russia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan in Group One.
The finals will be held in France during June 2019, where 24 teams will take part and Ludlow will be confident that this group presents her team with a chance of qualification.
“We finished third in our last qualifying group and this is the next stepping stone for us,” Ludlow told the press after the draw. “They’re all going to be challenges in different ways. It’s a great opportunity for us to develop our game.”
“There’s a lot of travelling time and our group gets to spend more time together. It’s something to look forward to.”
The full draw is as follows:
Group 1: England, Russia, Wales, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kazakhstan.
Group 2: Switzerland, Scotland, Poland, Belarus, Albania.
Group 3: Norway, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Northern Ireland.
Group 4: Sweden, Denmark, Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia.
Group 5: Germany, Iceland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Faroe Islands.
Group 6: Italy, Belgium, Romania, Portugal, Moldova.
Group 7: Spain, Austria, Finland, Serbia, Israel.
The seven European qualifying group winners will all progress automatically, with the four best runner-up entering a two-round play-off to fill the eighth European spot at the Women’s World Cup.