Football: Toshack & Wales Ready to Pounce; EURO QUALIFIERS: IRELAND V WALES, CROKE PARK, TODAY, 3.00pm

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Byline: By IAN PARKES

REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has urged his players not to let a moment in history pass them by.

Wales counterpart John Toshack feels his side can take full advantage of the nerves likely to be rattling within the Ireland camp ahead of today's Euro 2008 qualifier at Croke Park.

The 74,000 crowd will be the largest ever to witness a football match in Ireland, and understandably emotions will be running high.

But Staunton is eager for his players to embrace the occasion and said: "I don't think there's anything bigger than what is going to happen.

"Our supporters are going to take the roof off. It's going to be a wonderful atmosphere and if they can't raise their game for that, then we are all struggling.

"But the boys are buzzing. They can't wait for it to happen."

Unlike the rugby players who struggled early on in a Six Nations game against France on their Croke Park debut, Staunton believes his side will not freeze.

"Players are going to get caught up in it, but hopefully from our point of view it's going to be a big advantage for us," insisted Staunton. …