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11.25 – Elsewhere in Poland, Giovanni Trapattoni has been reminding his well paid squad of what should be motivating them in Poznan tomorrow. Plus he has taken the word ‘betray’ from Kevin Foley and used it to his advantage.
12.53 – If, like ourselves, you were rudely distracted from your Friday night football viewing:
Here’s (A) a quick recap of the main talking points from Miguel Delaney.
And (B) last night’s edition of Apres Match, warning it may contain Crystal Swing.
13.17 – As the countdown continues to the (*imagine scary booming voice*) group of death, our friends over at Betfair have this to say for themselves;
I’d put it on Holland to beat Denmark today, just sayin’.
14.52 – Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey, who was forced to pull out of the squad with a groin injury after the recent friendly with Bosnia Herzegovina, has tweeted all the way from his holidays in Thailand to wish the lads good luck against Croatia tomorrow. You’ve got to feel for the former St Patrick’s Athletic man.
15.12 – Fans Eoin Sweeney and Richard Walsh from Kilkenny enjoying Poznan. What we want to know is why hasn’t Chuck Norris got his Richard Dunne pyjamas on?
Credit: ©INPHO/James Crombie
15.35 – In a statement released this afternoon, Wroclaw police have said four people were hospitalised after that incident (watch the video footage further down or here) involving stewards being attacked by a gang of fans at the Russia v Czech Republic game last night.
15.45 – Looks who’s getting into the spirit of things…
16.07 – We’e a little under an hour away from the first of today’s Group B fixtures as the might of Holland take on ’92 champions Denmark in Kharkiv. Then later this evening, many people’s favourites Germany meet Portugal in Lviv. We’ll be liveblogging both games and the first will be up on the site within the next few minutes.
16.46 – Trap has confirmed what his team to play Croatia tomorrow will be and, surprise, surprise… there are no, erm, surprises. So it’s as follows:
Ireland XI to face Croatia: Given, O’Shea, Dunne, St. Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews ,Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Doyle
Read more here.