Euro 2012 - Capello content with 'balanced group'
Coach Fabio Capello was relieved to avoid the difficult Group B at Euro 2012 and content with England's "balanced" Group D draw.
England will face France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine following Friday's draw in Kiev. Though they must play all their games in Ukraine, having opted to base themselves in Poland, Capello's men nevertheless have one of the easier pools on paper.
"We have a balanced group, we need to play against Ukraine, one of the hosts of the tournament, and I remember them from when we played them in the qualifiers for the World Cup," said Capello.
Spain and Italy will meet in Group C - providing an imposing test for the Republic of Ireland - while Group B will comprise three past champions in Holland, Denmark and Germany as well as 2004 runners-up Portugal.
"I think Group B was the worst, Group A was better," Capello added, reflecting on co-hosts Poland's grouping with Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic.
England will begin their campaign against rivals France, whom they have not beaten in five meetings, in Donetsk on June 11. And Capello said: "Against France will be a tough game, usually the first game is really difficult and it will be difficult for us, it will be difficult also for France. The third game will also be a difficult game."
Sweden await in Kiev on June 15 before England again travel to Donetsk four days later to tackle Ukraine. The travelling issue will not force a rethink in the Football Association's plans, with Capello confirming: "It is better to find a really good place and good facilities, and we will stay in Krakow and travel."
The tournament will mark the end of Capello's tenure with the Three Lions, and he confirmed he will not reconsider his future no matter the outcome for his side.
"I am happy with my job, and I hope my last tournament will be something important for the fans," he said.
Assessing the tournament as a whole, Capello said: "The favourite always is Spain, they are the best team in world at the moment, difficult to beat, fantastic. Holland are also a good team and probably you can find a surprise - Portugal is one and some new teams, maybe one of the teams that host the tournament."