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Dunphy hopes Ireland start to believe now

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
O'Neill finds a balance in his side against Poland
O'Neill finds a balance in his side against Poland

Eamon Dunphy has urged the Republic of Ireland players to believe they are good enough to compete for a place in Euro 2016 after their spirited display against Poland on Sunday night.

Martin O'Neill's side produced their best display in some time as they fought back from 1-0 down to claim a point against the Poles at the Aviva Stadium, which kept them in touch with the teams vying for automatic qualification from Group D.

Now Dunphy hopes the confidence taken from the Poland display can inspire O'Neill's men as they prepare for the crunch showdown with Scotland in June.

"People keep saying we are not good enough to compete at this level, but we do have the players," stated RTE pundit Dunphy.

"We are good enough if we pick the right players. There are still things that could make it better, but for the last 60 minutes, we dominated the game and we made Poland look pretty ordinary.

"If we take the same attitude into the Scotland game then we are bang back in the group and we have confirmed definitively that we can compete.

"Against a team that is highly ranked and beat Germany 2-0, we went out and we played them off the park and we could have won the game."

Ireland will be back in action against England on June 7th before the showdown with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on June 13th looks set to define the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.