Shot-stopper says the Boys in Green must take heed of the Three Lions' display against the world champions last year and has pinpointed set-pieces as a possible avenue for success
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given believes his side must take inspiration from England’s 1-0 international friendly win over Spain in November, as Giovanni Trapattoni’s side face a potentially crucial clash with the world and European champions at Euro 2012.
Ireland currently sit bottom of Group C after a 3-1 defeat to Croatia in the opening game of their European Championship campaign, while Spain drew 1-1 with Italy.
Trapattoni’s side know a draw against La Roja will leave them with a chance of qualification heading into the last round of group matches, though a defeat will see them eliminated.
And Given believes England’s 1-0 win on home turf over the Spanish last November could provide a lesson or two for his side heading into the clash.
"We saw England beat Spain 1-0 at Wembley," Given told reporters. "So we can take things from that … how they played and stuff. Hopefully, we can do something similar."
Ireland’s only goal of the tournament so far came via a set-piece as Sean St Ledger headed home Aiden McGeady’s deep free kick. And Given believes dead-ball situations could prove to be an avenue for success against the Spanish as Trapattoni's men look to take advantage of their superior height advantage.
"One of the biggest things will probably be set pieces,” the shot-stopper added.
“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."
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Given had been an injury doubt for the Irish in the build-up to Euro 2012 after calf and knee problems hampered his preparations for the tournament.
Despite having to sit out a number of training sessions prior to the finals, Given insists he was fully-fit heading into the clash with Croatia, but admits he would have preferred to have spent more time on the practice pitch.
"Ideally, I'd have liked to have trained more over the last couple of weeks," Given said.
"Did it affect me? Not really, no. I wouldn't have played if I wasn't 100% fit, so I was fine.”