The Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is confident they can reach next summer's World Cup finals.
The Republic, who await their play-off opponents, will face either France, Portugal, Russia or Greece.
He said: “This team can play against anyone if they have belief in our performance, our mentality and our plan.
“We can go into the play-offs feeling confident and with belief if we play as we did against Italy on Saturday.
“We must believe. We have built this team and we can do it.”