Giovanni Trapattoni has named the side to face Germany at the Aviva Stadium. John O’Shea takes the captain’s armband while Seamus Coleman and Jon Walters are included.
“It is an uncomfortable contest. I think their fans are crazy but in a good way. I heard they have a new stadium, there will be 40,000 crazy fans of Ireland. It will be a difficult match, we need to prepare well.”
“But of course we will travel there tomorrow and get the three points on Friday.”
It’s ten years since Robbie Keane danced through the German defence and blasted a last gasp equaliser past Oliver Khan. Miroslav Klose, the man who scored Germany’s opener that day, is still leading the attack but Robbie won’t be doing cartwheels after being ruled out of Friday’s clash between the sides. The interest of a pessimistic Irish public, however, has also gone head over heels.