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Andrews Relishing Tough Group
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."

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BartsGreatBeard added 10:22 - Dec 3
thats the problem you should be worrying about our tough league rather than your tough group focus on that when the tournament comes around keith

bedsitfc added 10:22 - Dec 3
leys hope you get your form back or you wont be picked for the euros.

bedsitfc added 10:24 - Dec 3
lets ^^^

Mark added 10:56 - Dec 3
Andrews is an integral part of a weak Ipswich town midfield that CANNOT HOLD ONTO THE BALL over recent matches. We had a disgraceful 37% of possession at Burnley. 50% at home to Reading. 43% at Nottingham Forest. This isn't good enough and I therefore see no point in signing Andrews again in January. Let him go off somewhere else and worry about Euro 2012, while we bring in some new younger players on permanent signings who will focus on ITFC.

Bowls1e added 11:01 - Dec 3
This is disgraceful. Send Cresswell out to apologise to the fans about Tuesday night whilst you... Our temporary Captain, spout of about the Euros.

Another loan player who shows no commitment to a club that showed faith in him when he was stuck playing Reserve Team football.

tractorboybig added 11:17 - Dec 3
what a pity.
Should be worried about the tough position we are in.
Obviously here for the money, send him back early, he must be part of our problems.

JayITFC added 11:20 - Dec 3
Do you guys not think he was ASKED about the Euros specifically?

Keaneish added 11:24 - Dec 3
Time you started putting in a decent shift Keith because you've been abysmal for us last 5 games.

hollywoodginge added 11:48 - Dec 3
28 more important games to worry about before then mr Andrews.

PJ_Needs_Duncan added 12:14 - Dec 3
Well at least Jewell is managing to get his players to focus 100% on the club...oh wait!

Jewell Out

tractorboy1961 added 12:39 - Dec 3
Concentrate on the present Keith or I don't think you will even make the squad! Pityful performances of late. Remember who pays your wages ( well part of them!)

bobbyramsey added 13:51 - Dec 3
Pull ya finger out Keith and start playing for Town.

I couldn't give a flying fook about your international career.

Raedwald_625 added 15:29 - Dec 3
Yet another Ireland update interesting!!!!!!!!!!!

Surely it's what he does for/thinks about Town rather than some foreign country that has any relevance.

oddball added 18:03 - Dec 3
Wow, amazing how stupid some of the coments are on here, he was probably asked about the draw and it is normal for him to be exited about it, get a grip.

bigfatjoe87 added 20:43 - Dec 6
oddball is right half sorry i mean the vast majority need to cope on. yeah lets get jewell out and start a conyever belt of managers cos thats the long term solution. time and plenty of it is needed

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