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Foley wants to mirror domestic form

Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley is hoping Wolves' blistering start to the season can help Ireland edge closer to their Euro 2012 dreams.

Foley, Stephen Ward, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle have each played a part in a hugely impressive start to the season which sees Mick McCarthy's men sitting fifth in the Barclays Premier League, and joined up with their international team-mates brimming with confidence.

"Things are going well, but the most important thing now is for it all to go well for Ireland rather than just at your club," said Foley "The lads need to get behind each other and hopefully we can do it on Friday."

If the new domestic season remains in its infancy, the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign is coming to a head, and Ireland's hopes of making next summer's finals in Poland and the Ukraine could be all but decided during the next week.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men are currently locked together with Slovakia and Russia at the top of Group B on 13 points, and two victories would out them in pole position to clinch automatic qualification. Equally, defeat in either game could prove fatal and no one is under any illusion as to what is at stake.

Foley said: "It's pretty much all come down to this. It's been so tight all the way through the group stage, and what a big week ahead we have got."

Ireland will hope to gain revenge for their only defeat of the campaign to date, by Russia at the Aviva Stadium in October, when they head for Moscow next week.

But they know even that would count for little if they do not do the job when the Slovakians head for Dublin on Friday, although a run of four wins, including a friendly success against Italy, and a draw in their last five games has simply served to increase belief.

Foley said: "I'm sure the team, as always, will be well organised and if we can get a win, it will set us up nicely for the Russia game.

"But there are a lot of ifs and buts. We have got to go out there and do what we have been doing recently, just put on a good performance and get the points."