England have missed out on being one of the top seeds for the Euro 2004
finals in Portugal next summer.
EURO 2004 SEEDINGS
France, Portugal, Sweden, Czech Republic
England, Italy, Germany, Spain
Holland, Denmark, Croatia, Russia
Bulgaria, Latvia, Greece, Switzerland
Uefa has confirmed the seedings, which are based on qualifying for Euro 2004 and the 2002 World Cup.
As expected, England are among the second group of seedings, along with Italy, Spain and Germany.
The group of top seeds comprises of reigning champions France, hosts Portugal and Sweden and the Czech Republic, the two countries with the best records from the qualifying campaigns.
Holland, who crushed Scotland in the play-offs, are in the third pot, alongside Croatia, Denmark and Russia, who got through at the expense of Wales.
The final qualifiers, and tournament underdogs, complete the list - Bulgaria,
Switzerland, Latvia and Greece.
Latvian President Vaira-Vike Freiberga said the result was a
"wonderful, unique and dazzling" performance by her "golden
Latvia's Prime Minister Einars Repse added it was perfect
timing after the ex-Soviet republic's independence day
celebrations on Tuesday.
"This is not only a historic moment for Latvia and European
football history, but also a great gift on its birthday of
independence," he said.
The draw takes place in Lisbon on 30 November.