Norwich City’s Robbie Brady looks to ease Premier League heartache at Euro 2016

Norwich City's Robbie Brady knows the Republic of Ireland must win their final Group E fixture again

Norwich City's Robbie Brady knows the Republic of Ireland must win their final Group E fixture against Italy. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's Robbie Brady will aim to put his Premier League heartache behind him when he looks to star in a Republic of Ireland fairytale at Euro 2016.

Brady and club-mate Wes Hoolahan are expected to make the final cut for the Irish, who play Holland in Dublin next week as part of their preparations for France.

The 24-year-old scored in his country's play-off aggregate win over Bosnia that booked Martin O'Neill's squad's place at the finals.

Both Brady and Hoolahan could face Martin Olsson's Sweden in their group opener at the Stade de France on June 13 before games against highly-fancied duo Belgium and Italy.

'We've been trying to run rings around him in training lately,' said Brady. 'It will be an interesting game and of course both of us will be looking to get off to a good start so we know how important the first game can be. We just hope that it is us who start well but I am sure Martin will be feeling the same thing.

'Some people have us written off and it will be tough, but three or four games is a long time – anything can happen. It's massive for us and it's massive for our country to be playing in this tournament – it gives everyone a lift.

'Personally, and speaking on behalf of the whole squad, we're really excited about it and can't wait for it. Every group over there is tough – teams are there for a reason – and we have excellent teams to play over there.

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'But, like I say, with tournament football and such high stakes, anything can happen.'

Brady and fellow Dubliner Hoolahan had the consolation of finishing runner-up behind Norwich's player-of-the-year Jonny Howson following a sour end to the domestic season.

'On a personal level it is nice to have that type of recognition and I was happy with how it went for me this season but it was obviously a disappointing way to top it off,' he said. 'It wasn't the way we wanted it to end. We put so much hard work in and all the lads were devastated. We got ourselves in a decent position but we couldn't quite finish it off.'

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