Published Sunday, 23 February 2014
NI manager Michael O''Neill. (© Pacemaker)
The draw was made in Nice on Sunday.
Michael O'Neill's side have been handed a favourable draw in Group F ahead of the competition in France, with 24 nations set to qualify - up from 16 previously.
Meanwhile the Republic of Ireland will face a tougher task as they were drawn against Germany, Georgia, Scotland, Georgia and Poland in Group D.
The top two sides from each group qualify for the final tournament alongside hosts France.
They will be joined by the best third-placed team, then the eight other third-placed nations will play off for the remaining four spots.
Northern Ireland's competitive-looking group will see them take on top seeds Greece, who are currently 12th in the Fifa world rankings, while NI sit in 85th place.
They also face higher ranking opposition in Romania, Hungary and Finland - ranked at 33, 44 and 65 respectively - and the Faroe Islands, who held them to a draw in the 2012 qualifiers.
We need to maximise our points at home. We're well capable of doing that.
O'Neill continued: "We're happy with the draw. Greece will be a very tough game but it would probably be the country you may have chosen. We have teams in there, the likes of Hungary, Romania and Finland, that I believe we can compete with and take points from."
Republic boss Martin O'Neill said he's looking forward to "great occasions" as they face matches with Gordon Strachan's Scotland and UEFA's newest member, Gibraltar.
He went on: "They will be great occasions I hope. I'm sure he (Strachan) is looking forward to it. I'm sure he'll be as excited as I am myself. It's tough, there's other groups we might have preferred to be in but we'll get on with it.
"Germany you would say are the outstanding side in the group but there's plenty to fight for."
Euro 2016 qualifying draw in full:
Republic of Ireland
*France qualify as hosts, but will play friendlies against teams in Group I. There will be no points awarded for games in which France figure, so these will have no affect on the Group I table.
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