Wales have been draw with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey in Group A at Euro 2020 next summer, avoiding the trickier Group B.
Ryan Giggs’s side avoided playing in the potentially trickier Group B where away trips to Russia and Denmark awaited, as well as the world’s No1 ranked team Belgium.
Instead they will begin their campaign on neutral ground in Baku against Switzerland, followed by their game against Turkey in the Azerbaijani capital too, before travelling to Rome to take on group favourites Italy.
“Logistically, looking at it it is Baku, Baku, Rome,” Giggs said. “So rather than having Rome in the middle and having to go to Baku (twice) for us and the fans it is much better.
“At this stage they are all tough games, Switzerland are a good team and I watched their progress, Turkey were in a group with France and Iceland and did well to come out of that and of course Italy had a fantastic qualifying by winning every game.
“Hopefully Italy will have won all their games by then and maybe play their reserves or something. Hopefully by that time we are still in it and I don’t think it will make that much difference.”
Group A: Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland.
Group B: Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia.
Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Georgia/North Macedonia/Kosovo/Belarus.
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland/Norway/Serbia/Israel.
Group E: Spain, Sweden, Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Slovakia, Ireland/Northern Ireland.
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Iceland/Bulgaria/Hungary/Romania.