JEFF Hendrick has told Ireland fans to keep believing in the dream of a place at the Euro 2016 finals in France.
Saturday's draw at home to Scotland leaves Ireland facing a real fight to get even a play-off place, with automatic qualification now almost certainly out of reach, and recent poor form means that Ireland are likely to be among the fourth seeds for next month's draw in Russia for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, making World Cup qualification even more difficult.
But Hendrick, who started in midfield in the two battles with Scotland, says fans should to retain that hope.
"Anyone can beat anyone on their day. We don't expect Poland and Germany to drop points but anything can happen, we just have to keep our belief and make sure we are still fighting for qualification at the end," Hendrick told The Herald.
"I don't think we are out of it yet, we have to dig deep, see what we can do in the next two games - where we need two wins - and see how we are shaping up in October.
"We have to look to the September matches, do the job there and see where we go."
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