Andrews Relishing Tough Group
Saturday, 3rd Dec 2011 10:03
Midfielder Keith Andrews admits that he and his Ireland colleagues have been handed a tough Euro 2012 group but says they are relishing the chance to take on holders Spain, manager Giovanni Trapattoni’s home country Italy and Croatia.
Andrews says he and his team-mates hoped to draw one of the joint-hosts Poland or Ukraine: "There's no denying it, it's a tough draw. We said before, privately, that if we got one of the host nations, then we'd have taken one of those.
"We've drawn the holders and to pit ourselves against a team like that is fantastic. If you can't look forward to games like this, pitting yourselves against the best players in the world and one of the best teams to have played over the last 20 or 30 years, then there is something wrong."
The on-loan Blackburn man says Italy are team with whom they are familiar, the 31-year-old having scored in a 2-0 friendly victory over the Italians in June: "We know them very well. We played against Italy in the last campaign a couple of times and were unbeaten against them.
"I'm sure the manager will know them inside out. We played Croatia at the start of the season and we're fully aware of their strengths.
“They're a fine footballing side, but with those two teams in particular, we're fully confident we can get a result against them."
Photo: Action Images
Get a free £25 matched bet on Ipswich Town v Rotherham United (or other matches) by opening a new account at William Hill. Place an initial bet of a minimum of £5 and William Hill will match that bet up to £25. You must enter the promotional code "F25" when signing up as a new customer.
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 214 bloggers
Ipswich Ramblings by bongoblue
Twenty-four months. This is the period over which Ipswich fans have remained patient, in the main. Some like myself have found it very hard going during this time, but enough is enough.
Mick Has a Lifeline by ippy_land
After the 2-0 victory against Burton Albion, Town are three points off the play-offs (somehow) going into the weekend clash with table toppers Newcastle United.
The Times They Are a-Changin' by SpiritOfJohn
There was a time, not so very long ago, when an international break was regarded as an unwelcome interruption to the entertainment being served up at Portman Road.
Mick, What is Your Next Move? Or Are You Out of Ideas? by Pickersblue22
Ipswich Town are facing a defining period. We thought last season was bad. It was, but it looks good in comparison to this one. We may only be 11 games in, but the signs suggest that things will get worse before they get better.
Football Got Better the Day I Stopped Caring by BaltachaFanClub
For the most part of my life football, and Ipswich in particular, mattered.
Ipswich Town Polls
[ Vote here ]