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Martin O'Neill considering UK base to tweak Euro preparations

Updated: Monday, 11 Jan 2016 12:22 | Comments

Martin O'Neill: 'We thought that we might stay relatively local, local meaning within the UK.'
Martin O'Neill: 'We thought that we might stay relatively local, local meaning within the UK.'

Martin O’Neill has said Ireland are likely to finalise their Euro 2016 preparations “within the UK” before heading to France for their opening game against Sweden.

Ireland have been drawn with the Swedes, Belgium and Italy in a daunting Group E, and kick off the tournament at Stade de France on  Monday, 13 June.

The Republic of Ireland boss said he had considered several options but is most likely to choose a training camp across the water.  

“What we’re looking at, and nothing has been set in stone yet, is actually staying relatively local,” he told the Irish Times.

“We’re thinking about it at this minute. We’ve had the opportunity to go to a couple of places, Austria and somewhere else and that sort of stuff, but we thought that we might stay relatively local, local meaning within the UK.”

Ireland play the Netherlands on 27 May at the Aviva Stadium, and O’Neill revealed they could play an in-house game between the squad after that as final preparation for the Sweden collision.

“I think after the Dutch game, we could still play another game, sort of a warm-up match, but we might get the same sort of benefit by playing ourselves in an 11 v 11, or a side made up of certain players depending on where we are.”

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