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Irish fans hopeful of progression in the Euros

Thousands of Irish fans are expected to travel to France for the European Championships this summer.

Ireland have a tough group with Belgium, Italy and Sweden to play and progression to the knockout stage would be considered a real feat.St Patrick's Day celebration copyright Ireland Calling
Martin O’Neill is please with his current squad with the majority of his first eleven plying their trade in the English Premier League.

Record goalscorer Robbie Keane is expected to be part of the squad in what could well be his last international tournament.

O’Neill has said previously that adding former Irish captain Roy Keane to his backroom staff was a crucial move qualifying from the group.

He said: “Bringing Roy Keane in is as good a decision as I’ve made in quite some time.

“He’s been absolutely enormous for us. He’s not taking too many of the accolades, but he’s been fantastic for us, for myself, the backroom staff and the players.

“I couldn’t be more proud, they’re a fantastic bunch of players. They have put heart and soul into the games, they’ve carried us through matches when maybe we’ve missed that piece of absolute genius.

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“That moment when the referee blows the whistle and you’re in France, it’s very special and so special because it means so much to so many people. It’s the nights that you live for.”

Ireland will kick off their Euro 2016 campaign against Sweden on 13th June.

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