WALES boss Ryan Giggs was pleased that his side were drawn in one of the five groups of five teams in the Euro 2020 qualifiers but said they must "climb the mountain again" to reach only their second European Championship finals, having made the last four in 2016.

Giggs’ men are up against Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan in Group E.

"Croatia will go into it as favourites but for the rest of us it's going to be really competitive and, with the long trip to Azerbaijan, it's not going to be easy, but it never is," said Giggs.

"I'm relatively happy. It could have been better, could have been worse.

"It's a competitive group. We'll need to play well to get through it.

"Overall, you've got to be happy. You know you've got to turn up and play well.

"We've shown glimpses of it, now we have to show it consistently going into the qualifiers."

Wales open their campaign at home to Slovakia on March 24 before an away double header against Croatia and Hungary in June.

They host Azerbaijan in September before a double header in Slovakia and at home to Croatia in October.

The campaign concludes with a trip to Azerbaijan and a home game against Hungary in November.

The top two teams from each of the 10 groups will qualify for the tournament, which is being held in 12 countries.

England have been drawn with the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

For Scotland, the challenge is Belgium, Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Asked if this means his side are playing for second, Scotland boss Alex McLeish said: "Yes, that would be the normal thinking, but Belgium have got to come to Glasgow and they'll hopefully get a tougher game than last time – we've improved since then."

That was in September, when Belgium won 4-0 thanks to what McLeish described as "four breakaways that maybe we can arrest next time".

Like England, Scotland have also earned a guaranteed play-off place but McLeish said: "We would like to qualify via the group process and I'm confident in the group of players we've got – we've got a fighting chance."

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill will consider that to be something of an understatement after his team were drawn against Holland, Germany, Estonia and Belarus.

Germany's recent struggles dropped them into the second pot of seeds but few expect the four-time world and three-time European champions to dwell there for long. And any group containing them was always going to get the 'group of death' tag.

"It's probably the most difficult group," admitted O'Neill.

"Germany and Holland, rejuvenated since Ronald Koeman came in, are obviously going to be huge tests and we have to aspire to take maximum points off Belarus and Estonia to give ourselves a chance.

"But home form is going to be crucial. We're going to have to have a couple of massive nights in Belfast to give ourselves a chance of qualification."

The Republic of Ireland – who only missed out on being drawn alongside the Dutch and the Germans because of their status as one of the host countries – are instead in Group D with Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.