After a meeting in Bratislava, European football's governing body, UEFA, have decided that there will not be a seeding ...
After a meeting in Bratislava, European football's governing body, UEFA, have decided that there will not be a seeding system for the Euro 2004 play-offs.
Were England to lose to Turkey, Sven-Goran Eriksson's side would have to go through the same play-off system that faced Kevin Keegan's team four years ago.
There were no seedings for those Euro 2000 playoffs, which saw England beat Scotland 2-1 on aggregate to qualify for the finals.
UEFA's Executive Committee decided to continue the policy as Director of Communications Mike Lee explained: "The UEFA executive committee decided unanimously to maintain the system of no seeding for the play-off draw procedure.
"The committee took the view that this procedure is the simplest and fairest for the play-offs."
Holland and Slovenia will take their place in the playoffs and are likely to be joined by Wales, unless Italy slip up against Azerbaijan, and Spain, unless Greece fail to beat Northern Ireland.
Germany, Croatia, Romania and the Republic of Ireland could all also be involved in the play-offs, depending on results and as such there will be some very strong teams in the draw.
The play-off draw will take place in Frankfurt on 13 October and the ten qualifying group runners-up will all be drawn from the same pot.
The five winners of the play-offs, which will be played over two legs on 15 and 19 November, will go through to the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal next summer.