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Fresh start for Ireland

Posted on 17 November 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton views the Republic of Ireland's friendly international against Canada on Tuesday as a fresh start for the team.

After a poor start to Euro 2004 qualification, Ireland came agonisingly close to pulling it around before finally being denied a passport to Portugal following the defeat to Switzerland in early October.

Chris, assistant boss to Brian Kerr, reports that new players have now been drafted into the squad and preparations for World Cup qualifying will begin.

"Yes it is a fresh start and that is the way we have to look at it," reasoned Chris. "We've got two new players in the squad - Liam Miller from Celtic and Nottingham Forest's Andy Reid.

"They are two of the under-21s who have done very well. There are probably another four or five that are doing well, but these two have stuck out and have been included.

"The excitement will come, I think on the 5th of December, when the World Cup draw is made and then everyone's mind will be racing. You hope that you will be in a group that will excite you and you turn your mind to qualification.

"This is an important friendly for us in the meantime."

When the Ireland squad gather at the weekend, Chris says he does not think the management will have to spend any time picking up the players after the Euro-disappointment.

"The big difference at international level is that you don't see the players for a long time. At club level, if you've had a disappointing result, then you've got to work hard and pick the players up.

"By the time we get them they will have had a clutch of league games. It is about us giving them the confidence in the direction we want to go.

"We've never had a problem motivating the players in this squad."