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Euro Focus: Stephen Ward

12 June 2016

Republic of Ireland kick-off their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign in Group E against Sweden on Monday (5pm) at Stade de France.

Ireland made their tournament debut in 1988 where they beat England 1-0 thanks to a Ray Houghton’s header and returned to the Euro finals in 2012, when they lost all three games.

In qualifying, Martin O’Neill’s men famously defeated reigning world champions Germany courtesy of a Shane Long strike and they’ll be looking to conjure that sort of spirit in a tough group.

Their opener against a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-inspired Sweden sees they pitted against a side they have never beaten in a competitive fixture (D2 L4).

Last time they met was in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers when goals from Johan Elmander and Anders Svensson saw the Swedes secure a 2-1 win in Dublin after a 0-0 draw in Solna.

Our very own Stephen Ward, who impressed in a watertight Clarets back four on the way to the title, will face competition from Robbie Brady for a starting berth in France.

The team have been training in Versailles ahead of the opening fixture and will be boosted by the news that Jon Walters came through the training session on Saturday.

When and where are they playing?

Monday 13 June (5pm kick-off) - Republic of Ireland v Sweden at Stade de France - Saint-Denis
Saturday 18 June (2pm kick-off) - Belgium v Republic of Ireland at Stade de Bordeaux - Bordeaux
Wednesday 22 June (8pm kick-off) - Italy v Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre Mauroy - Lille Métropole

Where can I watch the games?

Monday 13 June (5pm kick-off) - Republic of Ireland v Sweden - BBC1
Saturday 18 June (2pm kick-off) - Belgium v Republic of Ireland - ITV
Wednesday 22 June (8pm kick-off) - Italy v Republic of Ireland - ITV

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