FOLLOWING PROTRACTED negotiations, England’s successor to Sven-Göran Eriksson can look forward to a favourable Euro 2008 qualifying schedule.

World ranked number 128, Andorra, will be first up at Wembley on September 2, followed by back-to-back encounters with outsiders Macedonia. An expected cushion of a maximum nine points should then ease the journeys to Croatia and Israel before Andorra and Estonia beckon once more. Three consecutive home ties against Israel, Russia and Estonia should secure qualification for Austria/Switzerland.