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'We can beat Croatia'

BELIEVE IN US - that's the message from Damien Duff to thousands of Irish fans.

As a major exodus from Dublin to Poland was taking place ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 clash with Croatia in Poznan, the Irish players are gearing up for their first game in a major finals since Spain knocked Mick McCarthy's team out of the 2002 World Cup.

The squad had a double training session under the grey skies of Gdynia before a flight to Poznan tomorrow.

And Fulham star Duff, a veteran of the 2002 World Cup, has told Irish supporters to believe that Giovanni Trapattoni's men can start Euro 2012 with a win.

"I honestly think we can beat Croatia. That's our belief and that's what we are looking to do," Duff told the Evening Herald.

"We have watched the videos of them, we know our stuff, we just have to do the business," added Duff, who says he's in dreamland ahead of his 97th senior cap.

"These are the games you grow up dreaming of. It seems like a lifetime ago when we were in Montecatini. I'm raring to go."