Shay Given ready for Spain clash

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has admitted that his side will look to attack Spain with set pieces and are ready for the game despite being underdogs in sports betting markets.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s men were beaten 3-1 in their first game of the tournament against Croatia, and now need a result against the world champions on Thursday to avoid Group C elimination.

The Aston Villa keeper has stated that Ireland will look to use their height and that stranger things have happened than his team getting a result.

“One of the biggest things will probably be set‑pieces,” Given stated, reported in The Guardian.

“They’re renowned for maybe not being the biggest team in the competition and we’ve got some big players in our team so if we get some of the right deliveries in there, as we saw against Croatia with the goal that we scored, we’ve got the players who can get on to balls in the box.

“We hope that this situation will bring the best out of us. Sometimes in the past, when everyone has given up on us, we’ve come out fighting and proved that we’re a decent team. We have to do that again,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight