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No-one can compete with the Irish fans for noise, passion and humour - Kevin Kilbane

Published 08/10/2015 | 08:56

Ireland fans in the YBIG Singing Section
Ireland fans in the YBIG Singing Section

Ireland fans simply can't be matched when it comes to supporting their team and Kevin Kilbane has called on everyone at the Aviva Stadium tonight to roar on Martin O'Neill's men to a positive result against Germany.

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Facing the world champions is a daunting task for Ireland, who go into tonight's match missing several key players including Seamus Coleman, Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson, Ciaran Clark and James McClean.

But one thing O'Neill does have in his armoury is the 12th man.

"One thing you could always rely on was the 12th Man, the mass of Irish support that would cheer you on at home and away," said Kilbane in a column for Aviva.

Kevin Kilbane has hailed the Ireland fans
Kevin Kilbane has hailed the Ireland fans

"Normally lining up against the likes of Ozil, Muller and Gotze would spread fear into an opposing team, but the roar of the home crowd and the sea of green where ever you look will make the Irish players feel like their equals.

"All sort of things will flash through the minds of the players, images of famous qualifying nights and the heart breaking near misses. The sound of 50,000 Irish fans will cut through that and make sure Martin's men are fully focused on the task ahead.

"When the Irish fans are in full voice no one can compete for noise, passion and humour. Even the world class players of Germany, who have witnessed some of the cauldrons of European football, will get a shock when the Aviva Stadium erupts."

Ireland v Germany, 7.45, RTE 2

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