Republic of Ireland, under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni qualified for Euro 2012, 10 years on since their last appearance in a major international competition. Here are 3 of their players you should look out for.
James McClean, 23, Sunderland (England), Winger, 2 international caps
After 3 successful seasons with Irish side Derry City, McClean made the big move to the English Premiership with Sunderland, where he has gone on to be one of the revelations in the league. An impact player, with skill, and a stinging shot, he scored 6 goals in all competitions.
Simon Cox, 25, West Bromwich Albion (England), Striker, 12 international caps
Striker Simon Cox has slowly risen through the leagues, playing for Brentford, Northampton, Swindon and Reading, proving to be a consistent goalscorer, before making his move to West Brom for £1.5 million. Blessed with pace, he has scored 10 league goals for the Baggies, helping them stay in the top flight.
Shane Long, 25, West Bromwich Albion (England), Striker, 25 international caps
Shane Long was a consistent striker at Reading, with pace and an eye for goal. His tally of 25 goals in the Championship helped him move to West Brom for £4.5 million. He scored 8 goals in an injury marred season, including strikes against Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and Arsenal. For Ireland, he has hit 7 goals in 25 games. This includes goals against Bolivia, Denmark, Russia, Norway, Uruguay and Bosnia.