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Republic of Ireland are full of confidence - Andrews


Keith Andrews (left)

Keith Andrews (left)

Keith Andrews (left)

Keith Andrews has warned Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 opponents that they will not be there just to make up the numbers.

The draw for the group stage in Poland and Ukraine handed Giovanni Trapattoni's men the task of fighting for qualification with reigning World and European champions Spain, fellow aristocrats Italy and Croatia.

However, while emerging from the Group C will be a daunting challenge, Andrews is adamant that he and his team-mates will travel confident they can do just that.

Asked if Ireland can qualify, the 31-year-old West Brom midfielder said: "Of course we can. We are not going there for the craic. We will leave that to the fans. They are there to enjoy themselves - we will enjoy ourselves by doing things right.

"We have done part of the job by qualifying. If we were going there just to make up the numbers, we might as well have just left it at the play-off in Estonia.

"We are going there full of confidence. We have qualified from a tough group, come through a tough qualifier and we are certainly going there to come out of that group."

After a string of good results, Ireland have in some respects shed their billing as perennial underdogs, although Andrews admits they will certainly assume that role once again next month.

Asked about shedding that tag, he said: "We have and we haven't. Some games we have and it probably hasn't suited us - in the play-off game against Estonia, we were aware we were the favourites and we tried to go about our business.

"But traditionally, we are and we probably do better being the underdogs - and in this tournament, we certainly will be tagged as that.

"It's one of those things. We often live up to it and we are hoping in June that we can carry that off."