Countdown Is On To Kick-Off In Copenhagen

Rebecca O'Connor
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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is confident his side can put it up to Denmark tonight.

The boys in green go to Copenhagen for the first leg of their World Cup playoff with no last minute injury concerns.

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The Danes are currently ranked 19th in the latest FIFA world rankings, seven places ahead of Ireland.

Glenn Whelan is expected to deputise for the suspended David Meyler in the Republic of Ireland midfield while Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward should be fit to start after shaking off injuries.

Ten Irish players are on yellow cards and in danger of missing the second leg.

Kick-off in Copenhagen is at a quarter-to-eight

Meanwhile, Italy are in danger of missing out on the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

The Azzurri were beaten 1-nil by Sweden in the first leg of their playoff in Stockholm last night.