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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Stephen Ward: We won't be humiliated again by Germany

Stephen Ward
Stephen Ward

IRELAND defender Stephen Ward believes there will be no repeat next week of Ireland's humiliating 6-1 loss to Germany because the current squad are "better prepared".

The focus is on Ireland's home game with Gibraltar on Saturday but the main objective from the week ahead is to get a result away to Germany on Tuesday, that date in Gelsenkirchen coming two years and two days after that 6-1 thrashing at home to the Germans under Giovanni Trapattoni.

"The 6-1 was a low for everyone but I think we will be better prepared this time," the Burnley defender (above) told The Herald.

"That time we played Germany we didn't show them respect in terms of our preparation and how we went about the game, so this is a new campaign and there is a new spirit, a new way of preparing and doing things.

"We will start that early in the week and be ready for Germany.

"The language barrier is something that wasn't always easy to deal with under the last manager, it was hard for the manager to get his point across - it wasn't for the lack of trying but sometimes things got lost along the way, so it is easier now in terms of language."

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