Monday, November 9, 2009
Doyle has no fear of France
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle believes that Ireland are capable of upsetting France in their upcoming World Cup play-off games.
The striker feels that, despite their underdog status, Ireland have an excellent chance of advancing to South Africa at the expense of Raymond Domenech's side, beaten finalists in Germany in 2006.
"We're feeling confident we can win although other people will feel we don't have much chance," Doyle told BBC Sport.
The 26-year-old was unfazed when his side were drawn against the 1998 world champions, and is confident of progressing after a strong campaign in the group stages.
"There's a reason why they are in the play-off draw because they haven't done well in their group," he said.
"We drew with Italy twice and we could have easily beaten them.
"They are the world champions and we can do the same against France.
"I've played against bigger teams all my life and got results against them. I don't fear them. I'm looking forward to it."
With the first leg to be played on Saturday at Croke Park, Doyle believes that a clean sheet will give Ireland an excellent chance, putting the onus on the oppositon in the return leg at Stade de France.
"That would be massive for us. Do that and go to Paris and score a goal there," added Doyle.
"That's what we're going to have to do to go through."
On the back of an unbeaten group campaign, Doyle believes that there is confidence within the squad to seize the chance to fulfil a personal ambition.
"Getting to the World Cup would be a dream," he added.
"I've just gone 26 and I don't know if I'll get another chance in four years. We have the chance to do it now."