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Irish need no extra motivation: O'Neill

dpadpa 21/06/2016 Miriam Schmidt,

Ireland boss Martin O'Neill says his side won't take inspiration from the 1-0 win over Italy at the 1994 World Cup for Wednesday's Euro16 clash.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill says his team do not need to draw inspiration from the 1-0 win over Italy at the 1994 World Cup ahead of Wednesday's Euro 2016 clash.

"We have our own nights to inspire us such as October when we beat the world champions (Germany in qualifying) on a night we had to win," O'Neill told a news conference in Lille Tuesday.

"We don't have to go back to '94, we've got that recent one with the set of players that did it.

"Our inspiration will come from that evening and the Bosnia (play-off) game."

A goal from Ray Houghton gave Ireland a shock 1-0 win over Italy in New York but, 22 years on, not every player in the squad can remember that game.

And it is likely a repeat win over Italy, who have already won Group E, will be needed to have any chance of reaching the knock-out phase after a 3-0 hammering by Belgium last Saturday.

Ireland drew the opening match with Sweden 1-1.

"We want to get back the momentum we created in the Sweden game," O'Neill said.

"Italy are a quality side, we have to be ready, and we are. There is good confidence about the team.

Full-back Seamus Coleman added that side felt capable of causing another shock to match the upset victory over Germany.

"The squad believe we can do it," he said.

"When it all clicks for us we are capable. We genuinely believe there is a big result in us.

"Our fans have been brilliant. We really want to give them something to celebrate."

O'Neill is likely to be without key forward Jon Walters, who he rated as "very doubtful" with an Achilles injury as he did not train on Tuesday.

There is better team news for Italy as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is back training with rest of the squad after recovering from a fever, according to the Italian Football Association.

Midfielder Antonio Candreva, however, could only train on his own once again due to an ongoing hamstring problem.

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