Scotland will play Denmark, Switzerland and Belarus, with Republic of Ireland up against Spain, Netherlands and Serbia.


Germany, chasing a third straight championship, will face Hungary, Russia and Romania.

England Head Coach Mo Marley was pleased with the draw and whilst admitting that at this stage of the tournament there are no easy games, the opponents are well known to her.

"We played Iceland in La Manga last year" Mo told "and we had to work very hard for a draw. In April 2006 we beat them 7-1 at this level, but their side had come on a long way since that game.

"We played Poland in our opening game of the Championship finals in July this year, and after conceeding an early own goal, we came back to 1-1 with a goal from Fern [Whelan] in added time, so we know that will be another tough test.

"Finally, we played Belgium in the first qualifying phase last year and beat them 5-2 but that day they had a number of players missing with food poisoning, so we'll be expecting a much tighter game this time round."

The second qualifying round mini-tournaments take place between April 24th-29th 2008, with only the group winners progressing to the finals in France next July, plus the runners-up with the best record against the teams finishing first and third in their pool.