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McCarthy: We'll give Loew's men best shot

JAMES McCARTHY believes that Ireland have a chance of taking points off Germany in Dublin tonight.

THE Wigan man has been named in the starting XI by Giovanni Trapattoni for the Group C qualifier, only his fourth start for the national team, and he says he's ready for the challenge against Germany tonight and then Tuesday's trip to the Faroe Islands.

"We won't be the favourites against Germany but we will be giving it our best shot.

"But on the night it is 11 of us against 11 of them, and we'll be going all out to beat them as we would any team.

"We're at home and hopefully the Irish fans will get right behind us," added McCarthy, who is also wary of the trip to Torshavn next week.

"We've seen so many teams go there and struggle, and they'll be right up for it from the start," he warned. "They're a good side, and no-one in the Irish squad will be underestimating them.

"They'll be two good games overall, but we'll be going into both full of confidence and aiming for maximum points."

Giles to launch a 'Great' book

EVENING Herald columnist John Giles will launch his new book 'The Great and the Good' in Dún Laoghaire next week during what promises to be a fascinating evening open to the public.

The launch will take place in the County Hall pub on the Marine Road on Thursday from 7.30pm, and will feature a question and answer session hosted by Daragh Maloney.

"I was always intrigued by the players I looked up to when I was a kid because by and large, I never saw any of them play," said Giles.

"These day kids turn on their phone and they can watch Messi, Rooney and Ronaldo instantly but in my day, there was no television, no video and definitely no mobile phones.

"So I had to rely on newspaper reports and I always wondered what they really looked like and played like in the flesh. That's what this book is about," claimed Giles.

Writing collaborator Declan Lynch will also be present and tickets are available at €5 from www.pavilliontheatre.ie