Stuart Pearce's Under-21s to learn Euro fate at Wednesday's draw in Israel
The eight sides competing at next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship will gain a better idea of the challenges in store when the draw for the final tournament takes place in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.
Defending champions Spain may be the team to beat but the line-up of contenders suggests they will face strong competition. Hosts Israel share top-seed status along with Spain – meaning the pair will avoid each other – while past winners England and the Netherlands will be second seeds in the hat.
England Head Coach Stuart Pearce previewed the draw, saying: “This is our fourth draw and it is possibly the first time we have thought to ourselves that whoever we get is going to be really, really difficult to beat.
“We have said similar in the past, but always knowing there are certain teams we’d have liked to have been seeded with. This time everyone knows there are some real top nations here, with good qualification records.
“The only surprise to some – although not to us – would be Norway. We played them in our group and we know how good they are. Apart from France, who had a fantastic qualification record, everyone who is considered a strong European nation is here to compete in this.”
The draw takes place at Tel Aviv's Hilton Hotel at 5pm (GMT) and TheFA.com will have all of the reaction when it is made.