Ray Houghton: Why opposition players won't faze Ireland at Euro 2016

Ireland legend chats to Newstalk's Team 33 about his memories and the tournament to come

Ray Houghton, Ireland

Ray Houghton ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Ray Houghton believes the fact that Ireland's players are accustomed to playing against many of those who will be lining out for opposition nations at Euro 2016 means there won't be any reason for fear. 

The increased globalisation in football which has impacted English football as well as European competitions means the opposition players will not be unknown to the Irish squad. 

Speaking to Newstalk's Team 33 at the #PowerofGreen event, Houghton contrasted to his own time.

"I don't think the players are afraid because they see these players more often than not, whether it be the Europa League, Champions League or wherever it is or playing against them domestically. They know the players," he said.

"That wasn't always the case. Back when we were playing, it was predominantly British players. There weren't a lot of foreign players that were there [in the English top flight]. You only saw them when you played international matches and that was a little bit different.

"Whereas now the lads know each other very, very well and are virtually going to play against each other, so I'm sure they're not fazed by it at all."

Houghton also reminisced about memories from the adventures of Euro 88, World Cup 1990 and USA '94.

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