'We'll take risks against Germans,' insists O'Neill
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill insists that his team will do more than shut up shop when Germany come to Dublin next month.
A favourable set of September results means that Ireland will have a chance of booking a Euro 2016 play-off in their final game in Poland even if they lose to the Germans in the first leg of next month's double-header.
Speaking at his provisional squad announcement, O'Neill said that the circumstances allow Ireland to give it a go against the world champions.
"If we sat in all night against Germany and they beat us, I don't think we'll feel all that great," said O'Neill. "If you got done without going for it, it wouldn't be great for spirits for the second match."
The 63-year-old again stressed that he would be satisfied with a play-off finish even though automatic qualification remains possible.
He is also relaxed about the lack of progress on a new contract, while reiterating his consistent point that he'd be happy to stay on if the FAI felt progress has been made. "I'm not concerned at all," he said.