Finnan ready

Friday 14 June 2002

Steve Finnan insists he is ready to become a penalty hero if Ireland's second-round game with Spain has to be decided by a shoot-out.

The Irish reached the quarter-finals in 1990 courtesy of the penalty competition after their game with Romania finished goalless after extra-time.

David O'Leary created history in Italy with the winning kick and the Fulham full-back is ready to do the same in 2002.

Finnan said: "I have no worries about taking a penalty if it comes down to that. I have only taken two penalties in my club career and missed one of them but I will be there if needed on Sunday.

"I reckon that Ian Harte, Damien Duff, Robbie Keane and Steve Staunton will be in the queue before me but if I am needed, I will be ready.

"I have no worries about nerves when it comes to something like that. There are times in football when you have to stand up to be counted and Sunday's game against Spain is one of them.

"Whatever needs to be done to get us to the quarter-finals will be done. If that means I have to take a penalty, even the last penalty to win the game, then so be it."