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The Tottenham Hotspur icon (far left) was a fresh-faced 21-year-old in '02, the last time his nation reached the World Cup, and remembers none-too-fondly the Irish bowing out to Spain in the Round of 16 in a shootout. Ireland has never been as close as it is now to returning to a major tournament. Keane & Co. have a massive date with Italy -- the leader in European Group 8 and native country of their own head mastermind head coach, Giovanni Trapattoni -- on Saturday that can swing fate back their way. They then close out qualification on Oct. 14 against tiny Montenegro. By then we'll know if Irish eyes are smiling on South Africa.

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