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Ireland captain Robbie Keane has praised the support his team has received and sounded a defiant note ahead of the showdown.

“Most people have probably written us off and not given us any hope,” he said. “But there’s not a chance I would go into a game believing we are going to get beaten by anybody. It’s 11 versus 11 over 90 minutes.”

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