The morning after the night before. It started out horribly. Paired with Spain, the world champions and defending European title holders. Then came Croatia, who we drew with 0-0 at the Aviva earlier this year. With two balls remaining, it looked like we might draw England but it’s the Italians who we will face on the same date, June 18, that we beat them in the Giants Stadium in 1994. Three times under Trapattoni, we have faced his homeland and have not lost. With 187 days to go to the start of the championships, Ireland are ready to get stuck into them.