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Sunday 11 December 2016

Martin O'Neill: We have the belief and the desire to pull off a shock

Irish boss believes they have the belief to pull off a shock as Loew rates us better than Scots

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

MARTIN O'Neill believes that Ireland have the "desire" needed to spring a big shock and get a result against world champions Germany at the Aviva tonight.

"We have a challenge on our hands and I think we have the desire to deal with that challenge now," said the Ireland boss.

His words were backed up by skipper Robbie Keane who dismissed without hesitation any suggestion that the ghost of a 6-1 beating the last time Germany came to Dublin will influence this game.

"No, certainly not. We have got a different management staff, we have had new players come in. I'm certainly not one of those players who looks back.

"We have a squad of players here now that is quite capable of getting something against the Germans. They are still a fantastic team, but they certainly have a few flaws," said Keane.

German boss Jogi Loew rates Ireland higher than Scotland and is wary of the task in front of him

"They are physically stronger than Scotland, also in some of their attacking play, they play more imaginatively than the Scots, so we have to be looking out for that," he said.

"We also know that Ireland have all to play for in the two games against Germany and Poland.

"They are even in with a chance of qualifying directly for France 2016 and have an excellent chance to finish at least third. They will fight until the very last minute."

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