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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny

Stephen Kenny is confident the Republic of Ireland will go into their Euro 2020 showdown with Slovakia in better shape than they did the new Nations League campaign.

Kenny launched his reign as manager with a draw in Bulgaria on Thursday and a 1-0 defeat by Finland in his first home game on Sunday, having had just three days to work with his players.

He said: "Slovakia are a pretty good team. I know they were beaten there the other night, but they were missing quite a lot of players. That wouldn't represent their team, I wouldn't feel.

"It could be a big challenge - we always knew that going out there - to win, but I think we'll be a lot better in a month's time than we are now.

"The players will have played four weeks of football and I think we'll be a lot better and we'll have a clear idea of what exactly we require.

"It's been great to have those two games, to be honest."

Belfast Telegraph