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Shay Given looking for 'easy' playoff draw

Given looking for 'easy' playoff
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Republic of Ireland keeper Shay Given hopes for "somebody easy" in their Euro 2012 playoff.

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is hoping to face "somebody easy" in their Euro 2012 playoff.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side, who beat Armenia 2-1 on Tuesday to secure a playoff place, have been seeded in the top half of the draw and will be draw against either Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia or Montenegro.

When asked which side he wanted to be drawn against, the Aston Villa shotstopper said: "Somebody easy.

"We will just take it on the chin. Whoever we play will know they are in for a very tough game when they come here, and we will give them a tough game at their home place as well.

"Please God, we can get across the line this time and get through the playoffs."

The Republic last took part in a major international tournament at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

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