Republic of Ireland trained in Poland on Tuesday (June 5), despite playing out a 0-0 draw with Hungary the previous evening.
Ireland received a warm welcome when they arrived at the Municipal Stadium in Gdynia for their first training session on Polish soil.
Ireland played out a goalless draw with Hungary in their final Euro 2012 warm-up game, and now have to focus on overcoming Spain, Italy, and Croatia in a tricky Group C.
Shay Given has been a slight injury concern, but much to the relief of manager Giovanni Trapattoni, the goalkeeper is fit.
SOUNDBITE (English): Giovanni Trapattoni, Republic of Ireland manager:
(On whether there are any worries over Shay Given's fitness after he didn't train on Tuesday):
"No, no, thank God it was only a rest and yesterday evening it was decided before they play one half, the second Keiron Westwood. It was not, thank God, he's fit, he's not injured, it was only a rest."
Before the daunting task of taking on reigning world and European champions Spain, the Irish must first focus on Sunday's opening match against Croatia.
Forward Jon Walters says it's important to start the tournament on a high.
SOUNDBITE (English): Jon Walters, Republic of Ireland forward:
(How tough do you expect Croatia to be on Sunday?)
"Yeah very tough, they're a very good team, you know, a lot of quality players in the team and technically very good and you want to start the tournament well and probably out of the three teams we would have wanted Croatia to start the tournament. They'll be saying the same about us, they would have wanted us to start the tournament."
Ireland face Spain on June 14th, and conclude Group C against Italy on June 18th.
Cities & Stadiums
The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|