Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is intrigued at facing his home nation, while Croatia’s Slaven Bilic says it’s “a privilege.”
Italy were placed in Group C for Euro 2012 along with Spain, the Republic of Ireland and Croatia.
“We have to think about football where anything is possible, we have to play with the same mentality we have shown and I am confident,” said Trapattoni.
“I know Italy better but every game is different. Spain are also a very, very strong team but we have to think about our moment. It is important now that our squad is complete with no injuries.”
Croatia are on papers the minnows, but could certainly have their say in this group.
“It is a tough group, but you can't get easy opponents, it's the 16 best teams in Europe,” said Bilic.
“We have a privilege to play the world champions and the former world champions. Spain are the favourites.
“Trapattoni is a genius and a top man and I am looking forward to playing against him once more.”
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