Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni insists he feels like a 20-year-old as he prepares to become the oldest coach to send his team into European Championship finals battle.

The 73-year-old will set a new record when he heads for the dug-out at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan on Sunday night to watch his team open their Group C campaign against Croatia.

But Trapattoni - who replaces Austria-born Otto Baric, who had his 71st birthday while leading Croatia at Euro 2004, as the senior member of the managerial club - is confident that his thirst for knowledge and fascination with all that is new in football is keeping him young. He said: "It's as if I was 20. I am fresh in head and above all, I am hungry for new situations."

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