Ireland v Czech Republic

Fringe players look to boost claims

February 29, 2012
By Gareth Maher
(Archive)
Impossible to ignore, the excitement surrounding the Republic of Ireland team is shared by supporters and players alike. They are getting giddy with each passing day that brings this summer's Euro 2012 finals ever closer.

For Ireland, it is the first time in a decade that they have qualified for a major tournament - and just the fifth overall. The pain of narrowly missing out on the 2010 World Cup due to Thierry Henry's left hand and William Gallas' bundled goal has been replaced by a ...

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