McLeish hopes Irish duo bring magic

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Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is banking on the Republic of Ireland feelgood factor rubbing off on his team via Shay Given and Richard Dunne - starting with Monday's Barclays Premier League clash at Tottenham.

Goalkeeper Given and defender Dunne played a major part in helping Ireland reach the Euro 2012 finals by overcoming Estonia in the two-legged play-off. The pair have enjoyed a new lease of life this season and now McLeish hopes they can "bring a touch of magic" to Villa when they resume action at White Hart Lane after a 17-day lay-off.

The Scot said: "I'm delighted for Shay and Richard. They are two terrific professionals and Ireland have waited a long time to get to a major tournament. I'm a bit jealous for the sake of my own country. At the moment we are looking for the Irish lads to bring a touch of the magic to Villa."

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