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No major concerns for the Ireland squad heading in to their make-or-break tie with Spain on Thursday evening in Gdansk

ANALYSIS
By Ronan Murphy

Ireland opened their Euro 2012 campaign with a disappointing 3-1 loss to Croatia and Giovanni Trapattoni knows he must get the best out of his squad in the two remaining games with Spain and Italy to have any chance of progressing to the quarter finals.

  Shay GIVEN
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Goalkeeper

Wasn't 100 per cent match fit against Croatia, and on another day may have kept out at least one of the three goals. Was terribly unlucky for the third which bounced in off his head after hitting the post.
Keiren WESTWOOD
Club: Sunderland
Position: Goalkeeper

Could be a surprise starter against Spain if Shay Given is still not back to full fitness, as Ireland will need every player to be match sharp against the favourites.
David FORDE
Club: Millwall
Position: Goalkeeper

There to make up the numbers, only injuries or suspensions can bring him into the equation.
  Richard DUNNE
Club: Aston Villa
Position: Defender

Sat out training on Monday with blisters, but returned on Tuesday and should be a definite starter against the holders.

Sean ST LEDGER
Club: Leicester City
Position: Defender

Netted his third goal for Ireland against Croatia, but was disappointed after the game at the mistakes which cost Ireland the match. Will partner Dunne once again in Gdansk.


Darren O'DEA
Club: Unattached
Position: Defender

Unused on Sunday, and likely to be left on the bench again. O'Dea is there as cover for the centre-back pairing, and won't be introduced as a potential game changer.
  John O'SHEA
Club: Sunderland
Position: Defender

His distribution was disappointing against Croatia, playing too many speculative long balls, and not finding Damien Duff's feet enough times. His place could be in doubt.
  Stephen WARD
Club: Wolves
Position: Defender

One of the better defensive performances on Sunday, but despite putting in a few key tackles, he was often caught out by the advancing Darijo Srna.
Stephen KELLY
Club: Fulham
Position: Defender

There's a chance Kelly might be brought in to replace O'Shea as Trapattoni looks for a more natural right-back to help supply the wingers and put in better crosses when overlapping.
Paul McSHANE
Club: Hull City
Position: Defender

Like O'Dea, McShane is seen as defensive cover, and is unlikely to make the starting lineup for either of the remaining games.
  Keith ANDREWS
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Midfielder

Ireland's biggest goal threat on Sunday, but unfortunately could not get some of his efforts on target. Was often anonymous in the centre against Modric, and will need to improve against Xavi and Iniesta.
Glenn WHELAN
Club: Stoke City
Position: Midfielder

One of Ireland's weakest players against Croatia, Whelan didn't always look comfortable on the ball and gave it away on one occasion which led to a goal. Didn't drop back enough to look for passes out of defence, and could be in danger of losing his starting spot.


Paul GREEN
Club: Unattached
Position: Midfielder

Trapattoni is likely to prefer Darron Gibson over Paul Green if he makes midfield changes, but Trap has shown faith in Green before, so don't rule him out totally.
Darron GIBSON
Club: Everton
Position: Midfielder

Could be in line to replace Whelan or Andrews in the centre if Trapattoni wants to introduce more creativity into midfield.
Damien DUFF
Club: Fulham
Position: Winger

Did a lot of running on the right and put in a couple of good crosses, but Sunday didn't evoke memories of his performances at the 2002 World Cup. Another who needs to do better.
Aiden McGEADY
Club: Spartak Moscow
Position: Winger

Under-supplied and double-marked, it's not a surprise McGeady had a quiet evening in Poznan. However he did put in the cross for the goal, and could cause problems for Spain as he's unlikely to be double-marked this evening.
Stephen HUNT
Club: Wolves
Position: Winger

Many felt Hunt's introduction might have added some urgency into the Irish attack in the second half against Croatia, and a starting berth in Gdansk wouldn't be a complete surprise as Trap looks for a win.

James McCLEAN
Club: Sunderland
Position: Winger

Another winger left on the bench, Trapattoni admitted it would have been too much pressure to send on McClean to chase the game. However, at this stage, Ireland have nothing to lose, so he could make a surprise start.
Robbie KEANE
Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Position: Striker
 
Should have been awarded a penalty in the second half. Apart from that, the Croatia game was one of Keane's worst performances for Ireland. As he is the captain, his place is probably secure for Spain, which is a good thing, as he's the only player in the squad to have scored against them.

Kevin DOYLE
Club: Wolves
Position: Striker

Worked hard and won a lot of aerial battles. Also won the free that led to the equaliser. One of his better performances in recent memory, but might be replaced tonight.

Shane LONG
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker

Worked hard when he came on, but never really had the chance to do something. Couldn't repeat his late heroics against Russia in Dublin.
Jon WALTERS
Club: Stoke City
Position: Striker

Replaced Doyle and did okay against Croatia. Trapattoni has hinted that Walters could partner Keane up front against Spain, but could a Walters-Doyle partnership be the hardest for the Spanish defence to deal with?
Simon COX
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Position: Striker


Came off the bench to play on the left wing, and tried his hardest, but as we have seen before, Cox is more of a centre forward than a wide player. Started well, but then frustrated fans and himself.


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