Mats Hummels ready for robust Ireland side
GERMANY defender Mats Hummels says he's ready for some tough tacking in Dublin this evening as his side look for the result they need to advance to Euro 2016, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.
While some member of the German squad have lots of experience against Ireland, from the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and even underage games, Hummels has faced Ireland just once, in the 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen 12 months ago.
And, ahead of tonight's game in Dublin, that draw is still on his mind. "Just like the Scotland game, we expect a fantastic atmosphere with passionate fans and opponents who will try to impress us with physical robustness," says Hummels, expecting to win his 42nd senior cap in Dublin tonight.
"I remember some fiery one-on-ones in Gelsenkirchen. We will have more of the ball but we have to be careful not to be caught out on the counter," he added.
Hummels is glad to welcome back to the fold his Dortmund team-mate Marco Reus, who has missed a chunk of the season due to injury.
"I am really glad for him as he missed so many important games with injury, he is a fantastic player and great goal scorer and will be a super addition," added Hummels, one of the Dortmund players still smarting from their weekend 5-1 thrashing by Bayern Munich, though boss Joachim Löw stresses that the defeat had been put to one side. "The Dortmund players have handled their defeat to Bayern well and there is a great sense of togetherness and camaraderie," said the German boss.