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As the reigning World Cup and European Championship winners prepare to face Italy, Croatia and Republic of Ireland, we ask our readers which nation boasts the strongest core

POLL

Some of Europe's best midfielders will battle it out at Euro 2012 and we are asking you which central combination will spur their side to the top of Group C.

Barcelona pairing Xavi and Andres Iniesta will be in Spain's engine room and the duo were instrumental in their nation's World Cup and European Championship successes.

Italy are likely to stick with the trio of Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Thiago Motta for their Group C matches as they look to pip the Spainards to top spot.

Croatia are likely to pair Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric together in the middle, while the Republic of Ireland are set to go with the industrious combination of Keith Andrews and Glenn Whelan.

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So, which midfield combination do you think will come out on top in Group C? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts with us below...

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