Ireland travels to Paris to take on France this Monday to start their Euro 2024 qualifying journey, kick-off starts at 19:45.
Ireland recently played Latvia on Wednesday winning the match at home 3-2. Goals from Callum O Dowda, new starboy Evan Ferguson, and Chiedozie Ogbene give Ireland the victory. Will Smallbone won the Man of the Match on the day, no doubt a proud day for his Kilkenny-born mother, Mary.
The on-loan Southampton player, who is currently plying his tread with Stoke in the Championship, was born in England but chose to play for Ireland in 2020. Due to his Marble City connection, Will could be regarded as the first Irish senior player with Kilkenny in his blood since Seani Maguire was capped back in 2017.
Steven Kenny’s men are hoping to get revenge on Les Bleus After getting knocked out in the last 16 in the Euros 2016 after a great run in the group stage. Ireland hasn’t qualified for an international tournament since that tournament in 2016
The last time Ireland beat France was back in 1981, they beat France 3-2 at home. Can the boys in green shock the world by beating world cup 2022 finalist France?
Report by Garry Dowd JR.