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Who are ya? Argos worker, gardener and electrician trot out for Andorra

AN Argos worker, a gardener and an electrician will try to dent the hopes of Ireland's millionaire footballers when Ireland face Andorra tonight.

Ireland take on a team ranked 201 in the world as their quest for qualification for Euro 2012 continues.

Andorra is a tiny nation in the Pyrenees with a population of just 80,000, just about a Croke Park full house.

The part-time footballers have the advantage of training together twice a week as they juggle their football lives and their professional lives.

The team is made up of an estate agent, civil servant, gardener, postman and a number of students. Andorra's young full-back Jordi Rubio still lives at home with his parents while he studies and collects €50 per game playing for Andorra FC.

The country's only full-time soccer player, Marc Bernaus, earns €200,000 a year playing with Girona in Spain's Second Division.

A meagre 116 supporters turned up to see the country's first competitive victory, a 1-0 victory over Macedonia in a 2004 World Cup Qualifier.

England famously struggled to a 2-0 victory against the minnows in 2008 and their defensive tactics make them an awkward outfit to play against.

The team's selector's only have 300 senior players to choose from.


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