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Richard Dunne explains importance of Ireland’s Nations League games

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Richard Dunne has been speaking about Ireland’s Nations League hopes.

Former Ireland international Richard Dunne has eased fears that Ireland may take their foot off the pedal in the upcoming Uefa Nations League games due to take place next month.

The Boys in Green take on Ukraine, Armenia and Scotland in a huge 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 showing in the group.

But most players come into the games off an extended break, following the early conclusion of the Championship and League One season’s.

“These [games] are important so fingers crossed..”

Despite that, Dunne is not fearful that Ireland players will let their minds wander elsewhere in the coming weeks before the important four-game window.

“It depends,” he began. “If they were friendly games maybe it becomes difficult and hard to get up for. But these are full qualifiers and competitive games..

“Ireland have been poor in the Nations League in recent times so they have got four winnable games, I think. The form they have shown in the last few games is good, and hoping to really go on and win big games rather than friendlies..

“These [games] are important so fingers crossed..”

Also speaking ahead of the games was Brian Kerr, who suggested that Kenny’s side need to pick up a notable win against a traditionally bigger side.

“Rather than Qatar and Andorra,” he chimed in after Dunne offered his take.

“Some of the teams that we have gone on and beaten where there has been a lot of talk. Let’s go on in this and get a start, and get us into contention in the group from the off.”

Ireland’s Nations League games.

As mentioned, Ireland play each of their three group opponents this month, with four games in total to be played.

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

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Kenny’s charges then take on Ukraine in Poland a few days later to round off the June games.

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