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Posted on 11 October 2006  - 12:00

Our players on international duty tonight insist they determined to make amends for weekend disappointments in European Championship qualifying.

Our players on international duty tonight insist they determined to make amends for weekend disappointments in European Championship qualifying.

Paul Robinson has talked about 'remaining positive' as England face Croatia in Zagreb following the goalless draw against Macedonia at Old Trafford on Saturday. He is joined in the squad by team-mates Jermain Defoe and Jermaine Jenas.

“The Croatia game was always going to be tough for us," Robbo told thefa.com. "They have not lost at home for years and it will be a hard game. But we will go there full of optimism and hopefully put in a better performance than the one we showed against Macedonia.”

Robbie Keane described the Republic of Ireland's 5-2 defeat in Cyprus on Saturday as one of his worst nights in football and the skipper wants to put it right in a tough test against Czech Republic at Lansdowne Road.

"We know we let ourselves down on Saturday, and we let down the fans, and now it's up to us to put it right, to stand up and be counted," our striker insisted in a press conference on Tuesday.

"We will be doing our utmost to turn things around, and do as best as we can for the Irish public and ourselves.

"When that whistle goes, we will give it everything we've got and hopefully you'll see a different performance. We know it's going to be a difficult game, but we have to go out there and hopefully put on a good show to restore our own pride and that of the nation."

Elsewhere tonight, striker Dimitar Berbatov will be targeting goals as Bulgaria take on Luxembourg, goalkeeper Marton Fulop is likely to remain on the bench for Hungary's trip to Malta and Lee Young-Pyo's South Korea face Syria at home in Asian Cup qualifying.