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DAY SEVEN IN the Euro 2012 house and some of the contestants are eyeing up the suitcase and verging on a nervous breakdown.

Not Ireland though; we’re singin’, drinkin’ and by 10pm tonight we’ll be winning.

Join in and contribute to the fun and frolics by tweeting @TheScore_ie or hitting up our Facebook page. Cool, huh?

Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God….

It’s here. The day has finally arrived when Ireland – proud holders of the Carling Nations Cup – meet the reigning world and European champions.

Bring it.

But first, here’s a wee snapshot of central Gdansk last night, thanks to Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski who has since abandoned attempts to break down the hordes by nationality.

Looking forward to the game tonight? To get you in the mood, Niall Kelly looks at what happened the last 5 times Ireland played Spain.

We actually beat them once, you know.

We now have a full story up on those reports that Trap has given Simon Cox the nod to start tonight. You can read it here.

The Twitterati have spoken, and they’re thumbing down that Cox decision in their droves:

Our man in Gdansk had a chance encounter with Pat Kenny the other night. Read all about it here.

To keep you busy, here’s a quick poll:

If the reports are to be believed, is Trap right to start Cox?

Poll Results:

No, there's absolute no justification for starting a West Brom reserve. (73)
I don't know (44)
Yes, he's a highly experienced and successful manager. Have faith in his decisions. (34)

Someday maybe, there’ll be an investigation into my underwear. UEFA have vowed to probe — it says here — Nicklas Bendtner’s bookie-branded nick-nacks. The 24-year-old striker scored twice in Denmark’s 3-2 defeat in Lviv, Ukraine, on Wednesday as Morten Olsen’s side battled back from a 2-0 deficit but were beaten with a goal three minutes from time. And then he went and spoiled it all…

As NFL QB, Eli Manning says: I’m not superstitious; but I am little-stitious. And we’ll take any omen going today. The good people at Irish hockey have been in touch with this bit of news:

Yet another Fr Ted reference here ahead of Trap’s team selection. Someone also needs to teach Glenn Whelan that Xavi is small and Iniesta is far away.

H/T Haganator

“Although I grew up in Greystones and have always spoken with an Irish accent – which automatically makes people assume you’re “more” Irish – my mother always spoke to me in Spanish as a child and I used to spend entire summers over there. As such, I’ve always felt exactly what I describe myself: Irish-Spanish.”

Miguel Delaney writes this interesting piece from Gdansk.

Okay, as the best newscasters say: let’s leave it there. You can follow Italy v Croatia here and I think there’s a game on later too that we might keep an eye on.

About the author:

Sean Farrell