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Our joys in green WATCH: Katie Taylor visits the Ireland team hotel ahead of their double date at Wembley


Our hero Katie Taylor meets the Irish soccer team

Our hero Katie Taylor meets the Irish soccer team

Our hero Katie Taylor meets the Irish soccer team

Undisputed world champion Katie Taylor was a welcome guest at the Republic of Ireland team hotel ahead of their big international clash against England at Wembley on Thursday night.

Taylor will defend her titles at against Miriam Gutierrez of Spain on Saturday night at Wembley's The SSE Arena, next door to the iconic stadium that will host Stephen Kenny and his Ireland players as they take on Gareth Southgate's England.

"It was great to meet up with the Irish team and to wish them well ahead of their big match at Wembley tomorrow night,โ€ Katie told FAI TV. โ€œI was thrilled to receive this new Irish jersey, the first of its kind, and it was fantastic to see my name and my old number 10 from my own Ireland career. That means so much to me.

"Iโ€™ve been watching Vera Pauwโ€™s Ireland in their bid to reach the European Championships and they were so unlucky against the Ukraine. I know they have a big game now against Germany and I wish them well โ€“ they have a top class manager and a great assistant in Eileen Gleeson who I played under many years ago.

"An Irish double at Wembley would be brilliant. We are all fighters and we will be doing our best to achieve that. It was great to see the lads in the same hotel and have a quick 'socially distanced' chat and wish each other luck from our respective bubbles.

"Iโ€™ve always had great support from the team over the years and loved my own days playing in the green jersey. Football has given the country some of our greatest sporting moments over the years and hopefully the lads can kick off an Irish double at Wembley on Thursday night.

"It's a shame of course that we can't have fans right now at sporting events during the pandemic but I know that regardless people will be at home cheering us on and I know that support means a lot to all of us."

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