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Last Updated: Friday, 27 January 2006, 14:04 GMT
Sanchez delighted with Euro group
Lawrie Sanchez
Lawrie Sanchez was happy after the draw for Euro 2008
Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez believes Friday's Euro 2008 draw offers plenty of opportunities to his team.

N Ireland will take on Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Latvia, Iceland and Liechtenstein in Group F.

"At first I thought it was not what I wanted but the more you look at the draw you realise that it is very good," Sanchez told BBC Sport.

"If we do things right there are a lot of points to be garnished in this qualifying group."

He added: "I know Spain and Sweden are the top seeds but there are plenty of points to be had.

"Latvia, Iceland and Liechtenstein - I expect to get points off those teams while Denmark should take points off Sweden."

Sanchez also pointed to the off-the-pitch attractions of his group opponents.

"We can get everywhere in the group in three hours which is good for the team and especially the fans," said the former Wimbledon player.

"The countries we have to visit have got beautiful cities and culturally they are great trips.

"We also know that the facilities will be very good in each country."

A meeting will be held in Copenhagen on 14 February to decide the schedule of fixtures in the group.

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