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England have been handed a favourable draw as they bid to reach their second successive World Cup Finals in Germany 2011.
In the draw announced today, they will come up against Spain once again following their closely fought encounters in the recent Euro 2009 qualifiers. Hope Powell's side must also face Austria, Turkey and Malta in their qualifying group.
Scotland will also be pleased with their draw, which also sees them have another chance to play Denmark along with Greece, Bulgaria and Georgia.
Wales meanwhile have not quite been so fortunate, for whilst they have two plum matches against Sweden, they will play Belgium once again along with the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan.
The draw sees seven groups of five and one group of six, in which Northern Ireland will be involved. They must play France, Iceland, Serbia, Croatia and Estonia. Republic of Ireland, who, like Scotland, came agonisingly close to qualifying for the Euro 2009 Finals, are in with Russia, Switzerland, Israel and Kazakhstan.
The winners of each group will progress to the play-offs in September 2010, producing four qualifiers for the Finals in Germany the following summer. The defeated sides will then compete in further play-offs for a chance to meet a team from the CONCACAF region for a further Finals berth.
The full 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying draw (European only):
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