NO More sob stories and no more excuses. The time has come for this generation of Irish footballers to deliver and failure is simply not an option.
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has given his players the shape and the organisation they need to beat Estonia over two legs to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals and is supremely confident about the outcome in Tallinn tonight and in Lansdowne Road in four days time.
“We must treat this 180 minutes of football as if our life depended on it. All of us, the players, the manager, the Irish people. I would be very proud if we could achieve this result.
“I am confident we can do this but there is no room for complacency and we must give Estonia the respect they deserve. We have an even chance but as I said, I am confident,” claimed Trapattoni.
He will leave his final selection choice until the last moment, although there is no hint of an injury or doubt about the fitness of the two candidates to fill the slot beside Robbie Keane in attack - Simon Cox and Jonathan Walters.
“I will wait before I choose. Whether I choose Cox or Walters, the team doesn't change and this is very important for a manager. The team must believe what the manager says and they do. I am proud of this.”