The Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures are in place and we are already ready for the first games of the season in Dublin on September 7.
There are a number of games to be played in Dublin and we can’t wait to get back to training on Saturday and the first leg of the third round of qualifying against Wales on September 9.
The first match is against Scotland on September 10 at Murrayfield, while the second leg is against Germany on September 13 at Celtic Park.
Ireland will have a two-day break to prepare for the two games.
We have a game in Dublin this week with England and a game against Wales at Murrayfields on September 15 and then we head into the first game on September 17 against a Wales side that has qualified for the European Championship for the second time.
We’ve got a lot of games lined up for us this week and there are a lot more to come, including a friendly against Slovakia on September 20.
In terms of matches, there will be three qualifying matches in Dublin, with Wales in the second round on September 12 against Norway and Poland.
There will also be two games in Dublin in September, with Poland hosting Iceland on September 14 and Scotland hosting Czech Republic on September 16.
The next game is a friendly between Wales and Belgium on September 23 in Dublin.
We have the final of the European qualification round at Murrayfords Stadium on September 25 and it is a game that will give us a chance to qualify for the next phase of qualifying.
The final of that will be played at Murray Fields on September 26, which is when we will play Iceland again in our final qualifying game.
We are delighted to play Iceland and they will be playing in their first game in Ireland against Slovakia, which will be a big test for us and we will need to win that game to secure our place in the knockout stages of the tournament.
We need to be a bit more confident against Iceland than we were in the qualifiers, because the first team have been excellent in those games.
I think we will be able to play a very good game and we have the players to do that.
We will also have to give Iceland a bit of space to work through their defensive shape, which has been a problem for them in recent weeks.
They will have to make a lot from the first-half, which I’m sure will be very good.