The Republic of Ireland have been placed in Pot 3 ahead of the draw for UEFA Women's Euro 2021, which takes place in February.

Host nation England will gain automatic qualification to the tournament, with 48 European sides competing for the remaining 15 places on offer.

Colin Bell's Ireland join Portugal, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Hungary in Pot 3.

Ireland are currently ranked in 20th position on UEFA coefficient table, which means that they missed out on a place in Pot 2 by just two places, with Portugal the only higher ranked side in Pot 3 with the Irish.

Ireland coach Colin Bell

Recent World Cup qualifying opponents Norway and the Netherlands are both ranked in the top-seeded Pot 1, while Austria and Denmark are the two best-ranked sides in Pot 2 and Bell's side will, no doubt, want to avoid both teams in the draw.

Northern Ireland, who were also in the same World Cup qualifying group as the Republic, are in in Pot 4 for the draw.

The nine group winners and the three best-placed runners-up sides will automatically qualify for the event, which takes place in England during July 2021.

The remaining six group runners-up will playoff for the last three places on offer.

Euro 2021 sees Cyprus appearing in their first senior female competition, while Kosovo make their UEFA Women's Euro debut.

The draw for the qualifying stages takes place in Nyon on 21 February.