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Wolves' Hunt planning to make most of Euro2012 chance

Stephen Hunt is genuinely excited about representing the Republic of Ireland at the European Championships.

The Wolves winger and his teammates are preparing for their group opener against Croatia in Poznan on Sunday and there is plenty of excitement in the Irish air after a long absence from major tournaments.

"I am focused, I really am," said Hunt. "I have waited a long time for this and I am going to make the most of it.

"I am not here to enjoy it. I am here to take an experience, to a certain degree, but we are here to do well.

"I remember playing my first game in the Premier League and being focused, and I have the same feeling, so it's going to be great.

"It's about hiding the excitement, to a certain degree, and trying to stay calm and focused for the next three games and do ourselves justice like we know we can.

"There are six days to go and if you are not in the zone now for the European Championship, then you will never be.

"I feel fit, I feel well and excited, but I will just try to keep my focus and look forward to the games.

"We are playing for the nation next week, and it means a lot to us as players and our supporters. We are looking forward to it."

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Andrew Slevison
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