The Republic of Ireland Under-21s have once again been drawn against Italy and Sweden as they bid to qualify for a major tournament. 

The draw for the UEFA Under-21 European Championship, to be held in Georgia and Romania in 2023, has pitted Jim Crawford's side, seeded third, against Italy and Sweden, who they met in their last Euro qualifying campaign. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Luxembourg, who Ireland also faced in the last campaign, are the other teams in Group F. 

Managed for part of the last campaign by now-senior boss Stephen Kenny, the U21s drew 0-0 with top seeds Italy in Dublin before losing the reverse fixture 2-0. 

They beat Sweden, who are once again second seeds, home and away. 

The games are due to be played between March 2021 and June 2022 with the fixtures to be confirmed later. 

There are 14 qualification spots available, with the hosts guaranteed their places.

The nine group winners and the best runner-up (not counting results against sixth-placed teams) will qualify directly for the final tournament.

The other eight runners-up will play off for the remaining four finals berths in September 2022. 

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