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Shay Given has warned his Republic of Ireland team-mates their play-off experience will count for nothing if they underestimate Estonia in their Euro 2012 qualifier.

The 35-year-old Aston Villa player has suffered both the joy of qualification and the bitter disappointment of failure in sudden-death showdowns during his distinguished international career, most notably reaching the 2002 World Cup finals by edging out Iran in Tehran and then being denied a return by Thierry Henry's infamous handball in Paris two years ago.

He said: "We do have an advantage in that we have got the experience of having been here before, and I think it's the first time they have ever qualified for a play-off situation. But at the same time, it's the best team they have ever had in their history."

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