Duff would trade caps for a win
Damien Duff admits he would swap his 100th cap against Italy for a win in the Republic of Ireland's final fixture.
Last Updated: 17/06/12 8:20pm
Damien Duff has admitted he would swap his 100th cap against Italy for a win in the Republic of Ireland's final Euro 2012 fixture.
Giovanni's Trapattoni's side have lost both of their games so far in the tournament against Croatia and Spain.
They would, however, salvage some pride from the competition by avoiding defeat in the same game in which the 33-year-old will chalk up his 100th cap.
"It's obviously an awfully proud moment, but I would take three points tomorrow ahead of 100 caps at the minute," said Duff.
"I know how much it means to myself and my family and what have you, but I am not trying to make a big deal out of it.
"I just want to get on with the game and hopefully do the business."
Duff will be handed the captain's armband for the clash to mark his landmark game.
The Fulham midfielder made his debut against the Czech Republic in 1998 and is known as one of the quiet guys of the squad.
And he admitted he took some convincing to face the press ahead of his historic game.
"I was dragged here kicking and screaming, to be fair. I'm never one to make big a thing out of anything in life," he added.
"It's something that I will probably look back on maybe next week, maybe next year.
"It's a feat, but at the minute, I just want to get a good performance and a good result tomorrow."