Judge and Ireland Targeting Victory Over Danes and Automatic Qualification
Monday, 18th Nov 2019 09:55
Alan Judge will hope to win his 10th Republic of Ireland cap and help to see his side to automatic qualification for Euro 2020 when they face Denmark in their final qualifier in Dublin this evening (Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm).
If Mick McCarthy’s side beat the Danes then they will qualify ahead of the Scandinavians, whose squad includes former Blues full-back Jonas Knudsen. If not, Ireland will go into March’s play-offs.
Judge, 31, who has scored one international goal, is determined to reach the finals having missed out four years ago due to the serious injury he suffered at Town while playing for Brentford.
"Obviously, what happened to me last time, I missed out on the Euros,” he said last week.
"To be this close now, it would be great to get there. If I play, I don't mind. To be honest I just want to get there.”
Judge seems most likely to be a substitute this evening, while ex-Blue David McGoldrick appears a certain starter and one-time Town reserves midfielder Conor Hourihane is also tipped for a place in the XI.
Meanwhile, former Blues defender Tyrone Mings and one-time Town academy schoolboy Nick Pope - who was winning his second full cap and making his first full international start - were in the England side which beat a Kosovo team featuring ex-Town loanee Bersant Celina 4-0 yesterday.
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