EURO 2016: Five Republic of Ireland stars to watch

Perhaps the most star-studded grouping in the EUROs, Group E consists of Belgium, Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland. Belgium are one of the top teams in the field, Italy have immense experience on their side and Sweden boast one of the top strikers in the world in Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Advancing will be a tall order for the Green Army, it seems. Fortunately for them, they are playing some of their best football at the right time, having only lost twice in the last 17 games.

Ireland will rely on Southampton striker Shane Long to provide goals, and alongside him will be Robbie Keane, whose best years as a forward are far behind him.

Ireland’s are a hardworking unit that played well in preparation for the EUROs. Advancement to the knockouts would be a massive success, but with all of the talent in their grouping, such a possibility isn’t likely.

Alas, here are FIVE ROI stars to keep an eye on…

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