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  How Ireland could win
Updated 17 April 2002, 14.09
Ireland are determined to suceed at the World Cup
Ireland's main advantage in the World Cup will be their teamwork and how hard they work for each other.

One world-class star has left

Squabbles inside the camp have cost them their only world-class player, captain Roy Keane.

But Keane's departure may in some ways improve their chances.

Since he left the team spirit in the camp is reported to have improved a great deal, and a hard-working team playing for each other is always more successful than one great player.

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Robbie Keane is a key player
Robbie Keane is a key player
But Ireland do have another Keane they can rely on.

Striker Robbie Keane will be very important, and having been out of favour at Leeds this season, will be one of the freshest players in the squad.

His partnership with Blackburn Rovers forward Damien Duff up front should trouble the best defenders.

The pair are both very quick, highly skilled and very clever players, making them a dangerous partnership.

Ireland's big problem is a lack of options if their first choice players are injured or suspended, but their small squad also means that the team is used to playing together.

They also have a good draw, and should qualify out of Group E alongside Germany and ahead of Cameroon and Saudi Arabia.

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And having seen the way England demolished Germany in qualifying last year, the Irish may even have hopes of beating the Germans and topping the group.

Damien Duff will worry the top defenders
Damien Duff will worry the top defenders
Topping the group could be important because the runners up in Group E will play the team who win Group B, likely to be one of the best sides in the tournament, Spain.

If Ireland can keep all their players fit and free of suspension, topping the group is a possibility, and if they can do that and therefore avoid Spain, a way into the quarter finals is on the cards.

Should that happen, then pretty much anything is possible, and with enough penalty shoot out practice, Ireland could be a major threat to the tournament favourites.

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