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Thursday 14 December 2017

Trap urges players to believe

Many Irish fans would relish a showdown with Fabio Capello's (right) England, but Trapattoni is wary of such an occasion, believing that the highly charged atmosphere could impact on the focus and mentality of his well-drilled squad.

Nevertheless, he has urged his players to have belief in their prospects regardless of what way the balls come out of the drum in the Palace Ukraina.

"It's 90 minutes of football and we have trust," he said. "It's just three games of 90 minutes and, with our mentality, there is no reason to have fear."

Trapattoni, who put pen to paper on a new contract earlier this week, shied away from a question which asked if Ireland could mirror the achievements of shock Euro 2004 winners Greece.

"It's a dream at the moment," he smiled. "But in football, there is the moment when the wind takes you on the back and helps. It's not about the first three games, the team will be tired after the group."

The FAI will be hoping that Ireland are assigned to one of the two groups based in Poland.

They plan to base themselves there during the competition, and will fly in and out to the Ukraine if they end up in the larger country which offers inferior facilities and presents bigger logistical problems.

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