Keane: Idea that Ireland are afraid of Germany is 'silly'

Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland shouldn’t be afraid of playing the World Champions in Gelsenkirchen tomorrow night.

The Boys in Green face Germany in their European Championship qualifier having bagged six points from their opening two games against Georgia and Gibraltar, while the Germans slumped to a defeat in Poland on Saturday night.

Keane said: “We know the challenge in front of the players, but we’ve got a lot of experience, we’ve played in big games before and they should look forward to it.”

He went on to say that there is no fear factor for the Irish team.

He said: “No, that’s a silly question.”

The former Man Utd player discounted the idea of Ireland going out to contain Germany for the whole of the game.

He said: “You obviously can’t go out gung-ho against a team like Germany and also you can’t expect to sit back and defend for 90 minutes, that’d be difficult.”

“There has to be a balance in our play.”

Poland’s win over Germany came via goals from Arkadiusz Milik and substitute Sebastian Mila in Warsaw, and Keane says he isn’t surprised at the result.

The Republic of Ireland assistant manager said: “Poland are a decent team, I’ve said that from day one, it’s a tough group.

“We said Germany are obviously favourites but the Poles are very good, big and strong and they’ve got Lewandowski, so they are a good team.”

However, he refused the idea that Germany aren’t as good as thought.

He said: “It doesn’t really change our mind set, we know it (the Germany game) is going to be a very tough game for us. Poland are pretty decent.”

“They still have that quality, the history behind them, and they are at home, they have won their first game so I don’t think that Germany will be panicking. They are still expected to top the group and you’d expect a response from Germany at home which makes it tougher.”

“Like any good team, they’ll respond to a setback. It’s one defeat for Germany, let’s not get carried away and think that they’re gone. From what I hear, they played well (in Poland), they had decent possession and lost by a couple of goals which can happen to any team.”

The Corkman also went on to say that Cork City’s former defender Brian Lenihan is a viable option in defence for Ireland tomorrow.

He said: “Well, he’s in the squad, I think any player who is in the squad has got a chance of playing, otherwise they wouldn’t be here."

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