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UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E team guides

Published: Sunday 23 February 2014, 13.41CET
England manager Roy Hodgson will renew acquaintances with Switzerland in Group E, where Estonia aim to better their memorable feat of reaching the 2012 qualifying play-offs.
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E team guides
England's Roy Hodgson coached Switzerland between January 1992 and November 1995 ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 23 February 2014, 13.41CET

UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E team guides

England manager Roy Hodgson will renew acquaintances with Switzerland in Group E, where Estonia aim to better their memorable feat of reaching the 2012 qualifying play-offs.

England
England are alone among Europe's FIFA World Cup-winning nations in failing to capture the Henri Delaunay Cup. Indeed, they are yet to reach a UEFA European Championship final, having come closest in 1996, when they hosted the event, only to be denied by Germany in a semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat at Wembley. They also reached the last four – as world champions – in 1968.

Switzerland
Qualified for EURO '96 and UEFA EURO 2004 but bowed out of both early with just one point from three group games; co-hosted the tournament with Austria in 2008 but failed to make home advantage count, losing against the Czech Republic and Turkey before overcoming Portugal 2-0.

Slovenia
A former Yugoslav republic, Slovenia began competing as a separate entity in 1992 and caused a surprise by qualifying for both the UEFA European Championship and the FIFA World Cup at the second attempt in 2000 and 2002 respectively, although they failed to progress beyond the group stage in either.

Estonia
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying provided the country's brightest moment to date as Tarmo Rüütli's side beat Northern Ireland home and away to secure a play-off spot before losing to the Republic of Ireland.

Lithuania
Lithuania made their competition debut as an independent nation in qualifying for EURO '96, beginning their first campaign with wins in Ukraine (2-0) and Slovenia (2-1), but have never finished higher than third in a qualifying section, although they missed out on a play-off for UEFA EURO 2004 by only four points.

San Marino
San Marino made their UEFA European Championship debut in qualifying for EURO '92 – ending the campaign with eight defeats in eight outings, conceding 33 and scoring once – and are still awaiting their first point in EURO qualifying having registered six goals in 56 matches, shipping 253.

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