DAVID Forde is convinced that Ireland will gather enough points to deliver a World Cup qualification play-off spot.
"I'm very confident. I think we will qualify. I think when you look at the players who have come into the side, they improve your confidence," he said.
"Seamus Coleman has been a revelation and James McCarthy. We look focused and hungry. I think we will qualify," he added.
Forde believes that there is a new dynamic at work within the Ireland squad.
"There are younger lads in this squad and myself with not a lot of caps," he says.