Shane Long is hoping the Republic of Ireland can write a new chapter in the nation's footballing history against France on Sunday after already earning their place in Irish folklore.
A draw against Germany in Paris will almost certainly be enough to get Northern Ireland through to the knock-out stages.
Only victory over Italy - Antonio Conte's men are yet to concede and have already clinched top spot in Group E with a game to spare - will give the Republic a chance of making the last 16
The Republic of Ireland's hopes of progressing to the knock-out stage of Euro 2016 suffered a hammer blow on Saturday when they were beaten 3-0 by Belgium in Bordeaux.
Wes Hoolahan put Ireland ahead but a Ciaran Clark own goal saw Sweden grab a point in the Euro 2016 opener.
Northern Ireland face an uphill battle to advance in Euro 2016 after losing their first match against Poland.