Only as soon as earlier than has an Irish facet certified for 2 successive tournaments, when Jack Charlton led them to the 1988 European Championships and Italia 90.
Victory over the Danes this night, following the goalless draw in Copenhagen, will equivalent that report and finish the Republic’s 16-year stay up for a spot on soccer’s largest degree.
“The experience of the Euros was fantastic but the players want to create their own history if they can,” stated O’Neill. “But we are a long way from that.”
Hull midfielder David Meyler, who’s most probably to captain the facet this night, added: “This is things you dream of as a child. Everybody needs to play at a World Cup and we’re 90 mins clear of it.
“If you glance again at once we began the marketing campaign with Serbia away, that is the place we needed to be, that is the function. I consider totally that we’ll be going to Russia.”
O’Neill used to be in jovial temper forward of the sport, joking along with his former Leicester striker Stan Collymore, who now experiences for Russian TV, and teasing Meyler, who used to be sitting along, for lacking a penalty in coaching.
But he is aware of it is going to be a ways from comfortable at a sold-out Aviva Stadium when an away function would imply Ireland having to rating two times to win.
Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney admitted after the primary leg attempting to ruin them down used to be like making an attempt to “open a can of baked beans with your bare hands”, however it’s on the different finish of the pitch the place O’Neill’s considerations lie.
They have overwhelmed Italy and drawn with global champions Germany throughout his time in price, however have scored simply 4 targets at house throughout qualifying.
O’Neill insists his workforce might be extra attack-minded than throughout the primary leg, and added: “We have to have the opportunity to win the fit and those gamers were ready to do this in the previous.
“They have unbelievable spirit and it’s necessary to have that. This facet is made up of positive elements and that may be a very sturdy component of it. It’s in-bred in them and likewise in the rustic.
“It shouldn’t be the whole lot as a result of you could have to play as smartly however in the event you’ve were given that component, it will possibly conquer a bunch of hurdles.
“We don’t have all of the abilities that perhaps different international locations have. We have to to find it in other manners.”
Since Robbie Keane retired, the Irish have now not had a herbal goalscorer. Shane Long, in line to substitute Daryl Murphy, has now not discovered the online in 29 appearances. His final function for both Southampton or Ireland used to be at Sunderland in February.
O’Neill added: “There were nice gamers who’ve performed for Ireland who’ve now not been prolific.
“You have Robbie Keane out on his personal [as record goalscorer] and the following one to him is anyone who may have compelled a nook or one thing like that!
“We have to to find the online and we predict we’re succesful of doing it. It received’t be simple. We to find the whole lot difficult. It’s the character of us.
“But those lads have arise large in suits like this and we’re hoping to do it once more.”
REPUBLIC (Four-Three-Three): Randolph; Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward; Hendrick, Arter, Meyler; McClean, Long, Brady.
DENMARK (Four-2-Three-1): Schmeichel; Ankerson, Kjaer, Bjelland, Larsen Stryger; Kvist, Poulsen; Delaney, Eriksen, Sisto; Jørgensen
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland).