Fulham have been drawn in Group E of the Europa League alongside Roma, Basel and CSKA Sofia.
The Italians, who finished sixth in Serie A last season, reached the group stages with a comprehensive 10-4 win over Kosice, which included a 7-1 success in the second leg at home. The draw also throws up the intriguing possibility of the Riise brothers lining up on opposite sides.
FC Basel finished third in the Swiss Super League last season – having won the title the year before – and qualified for the group phase with a thumping 8-2 win over Azerbaijan’s FK Baku. At least, Roy Hodgson should be familiar with the styles of play of our opponents having managed in both the Italian and Swiss leagues.
CSKA Sofia are the final members of Group E and the Bulgarian outfit shouldn’t be underestimated. They finished second in their league last season and confidently disposed of Dinamo Moscow in the play-off round of the competition.
My immediate reaction is that we’ve got a decent chance of qualifying from this group. It’s all very exciting!