Tuesday 25 October 2016

VIDEO - 'A bit of drinking, it would be fantastic' – Martin O'Neill dreams of France and Euro qualification

Published 08/09/2015 | 08:09

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has joked that we could look forward to "a bit of drinking" next summer in France if Ireland manage to seal their place in the European Championships in France.

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A goal from Jon Walters was enough to separate Ireland and Georgia last night at the Aviva Stadium as Ireland made it two wins during the international period to follow up the 4-0 victory over Gibraltar on Friday night.

With two games left in Group D, the Boys in Green currently sit in third position, four points adrift of leaders Germany and two points behind Poland. Crucially, they now have a four-point cushion over Scotland for the race for third and a place in the play-offs.

Speaking to the assembled media post-match, O'Neill was asked the importance of qualifying for Euro 2016.

"It's important for us all. Hopefully it's important for you too," he said.

"I think we'd all want to try and get to France in a couple of weeks, a bit of drinking. It would be fantastic. Absolutely," before joking one of the reporters gathered appeared as if he was underage.

O'Neill admitted that six points was all that mattered before attentions turn to the final fixtures against the strongest teams in the group, a home fixture to the world champions Germany followed by a trip to Poland.

"It's great to win the two games. It gives us that renewed vigour for the game against Germany."

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