England Under-21s coach reacts to the draw for Euro 2015 qualifying
Stuart Pearce says the draw for the Euro 2015 qualifying campaign
is 'fantastic' after England were paired with neighbours Wales.
The Three Lions Coach, who is currently preparing his young side for this summer's Finals in Israel, was at UEFA's HQ in Nyon, Switzerland on Thursday where his team were drawn in a six-nation group.
Along with the Welsh, who the Under-21s last faced in the play-off for the Euro 2009 Finals, Finland, Moldova, Lithuania and San Marino also make up Group 1.
"It's a fantastic draw for us in all honesty, apart from the fact that we are in a six-team group," he told TheFA.com. "That could put us under a little bit of pressure with regards to getting the fixtures in.
"When you look at the pots in terms of the other teams and their seedings, it could have been tougher. You never know, but I'm quite happy with the draw."
With the 2013 Finals
still ahead for England, qualifying for the 2015 tournament, which will be played in Czech Republic, won't begin until August at the earliest.
Pearce, though, looked ahead to what he expects to be difficult encounter when they face Wales in their two group meetings.
"We obviously know the Welsh very well. And Finland, Lithuania, San Marino and Moldova are good teams for us to draw in terms of travelling," he said.
"We had a really tough game with the Welsh team a couple of years ago in the play-offs.
"I think they'll be two good games, like local derbies, so in that way they will be competitive as always."
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2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Draw