Richard Dunne explains importance of Nations League matches in Ireland

Richard Dunne spoke about Ireland’s Nations League hopes.

Former Ireland international Richard Dunne has allayed fears that Ireland could ease off in the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches due to take place next month.

The Boys in Green take on Ukraine, Armenia and Scotland in a whopping four-game window, with Kenny’s side looking to secure their place in a European Championship play-off at the very least with a strong performance in the group.

But most players come into games after a long break, after the early conclusion of the league and Ligue 1 seasons.

“These [games] are important so fingers crossed.

Despite that, Dunne isn’t worried that the Irish players will let their minds wander elsewhere in the coming weeks ahead of the all-important four-game window.

“It depends,” he began. “If it were friendlies, maybe it would become difficult and difficult to get up. But these are full qualifiers and competitive games.

“Ireland have been poor in the Nations League lately so they have four winnable games I think. The form they have shown in the last few games is good and really hope to continue and win some big games instead. only friendly matches.

“These [games] are important so fingers crossed.

Prior to games, Brian Kerr also suggested that Kenny’s team needed to earn a notable victory against a traditionally larger team.

“Rather than Qatar and Andorra,” he added after Dunne offered his view.

“Some of the teams we’ve beaten have been talked about a lot. Let’s go and get started, and put ourselves in contention in the group from the start.

Ireland Nations League matches.

As mentioned, Ireland face each of their three group opponents this month, with four games in total remaining.

The Boys in Green begin their campaign against Armenia in Yerevan, before facing Scotland and Ukraine at home.

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Kenny’s proteges will then face Ukraine in Poland a few days later to complete the June fixtures.

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