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England qualify for Euro 2016 with 'perfect' record

A total of 17 teams have already booked their tickets to France, with two more automatic qualification spots.

FILE: England captain Wayne Rooney. Picture: Official England Football Team Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Manager Roy Hodgson and his England side have surprised many as they have qualified for the 2016 European Championships with a perfect record of 10 wins from their 10 games, with their 10th victory coming on Monday night, a 3-0 win over Lithuania.

England are hoping to win only their first Euro Championship, having only made it to the semifinals on two occasions, in 1968 and then in 1996, when they hosted the tournament and they will looking to draw a lot of inspiration from their flawless qualification.

In the last tournament in 2012, England got knocked out in the quarter finals against eventual finalists Italy, while Spain went on to lift the trophy, for a second successive time.

The tournament has also seen some records broken in the English team. Wayne Rooney wrote his name in the history books as he overtook Sir Bobby Charlton as the country's highest top goal scorer, surpassing the long-time record of 49.

A total of 17 teams have already booked their tickets to France, with two more automatic qualification spots up for grabs for either Croatia and Norway in Group H and the team placed third in their group with the highest number of points compared to the other eight teams in third place in their groups.

The draw for the playoffs will be held on Sunday, 18 October, with the first and second leg scheduled for 12-14 November and 15-17 November 2015.

Teams that have qualified for Euro 2016:

Group A: Iceland and Czech Republic

Group B: Belgium and Wales

Group C: Spain and Slovakia

Group D: Germany and Poland

Group E: England and Switzerland

Group F: Northern Ireland and Romania

Group G: Austria and Russia

Group H: Italy

Group I: Portugal and Albania