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The Aston Villa shot stopper has highlighted the significance of their fixture in Budapest on Monday before embarking on their Euro 2012 adventure next week

IRELAND
GROUP C
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
P
PTS
 RUSSIA 10 23
 IRELAND
10 21
 ARMENIA 10 17
 SLOVAKIA 10 15
 MACEDONIA 10 8
 ANDORRA 10 0
*Ireland secured qualification with a play-off victory over Estonia

Shay Given believes that Ireland's friendly in Hungary on Monday is an important stepping-stone towards Euro 2012.

With the opening game against Croatia in Poznan less than a week away, the Aston Villa goalkeeper is looking for a confidence-boosting win in Budapest.

"I think it's important. Obviously the big game is next Sunday and we would like to go into that game with a win under our belts," the shot stopper told RTE.

"Hungary had a very good result on Friday so they are obviously a very good team.

"We don't know a lot of their players and they are at home as well, so it will be a tough game for us.

"It is just about us keeping our match fitness up. It's important that we all put a good shift in.

Despite some concerns over his knee injury, Given insists he is fully recovered and said the blisters that kept him out of training on Saturday are a minor irritation.

"It's just nice to be out there again. Yesterday I had a problem with my two big toes. I have blisters on my two big toes.

"I just felt it was better to leave it yesterday because I could train today and I feel fine now.

"I'm just looking forward to getting playing again. It's been a couple of weeks since the Premier League. I didn't play in Dublin or in Italy during the week, so it'll be nice to get a game under my belt before Sunday."

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