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'We can stun the Germans'

IRELAND man Keith Andrews has summoned up the spirit of the Jack Charlton years and demanded that Giovanni Trapattoni's side get the fans back on side by delivering a major scalp against Germany in Friday's World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road.

It was an injury-hit Ireland squad which assembled at the team HQ in Portmarnock last night ahead of the first training session this morning, with major doubts over the fitness of Glenn Whelan, Sean St Ledger and James McClean.

That trio were undergoing scans in Dublin this morning as Trapattoni wants to give them every chance of being fit for the clash with Germany but he could be forced to send out a patched-up side on Friday night.

The Germans come to Dublin rated as the second-best team in the world rankings, but Andrews -- back in the fold with Ireland after suspension forced him to miss the win in Kazakhstan last month -- has dismissed talk of Ireland setting for a draw and the Bolton midfielder says it's time Ireland finally delivered a competitive win over one of the major powers.

"We have had some good performances, especially away from home, we had some draws that were good results and we had the game in Paris, but it would be nice to give a big performance, take the scalp of a big nation," Andrews told the Evening Herald.

"We will have to roll up our sleeves and go back to an old-school performance, getting in their faces.

"It's about time we caused an upset, especially as we haven't done that at the new Lansdowne Road.

"It will take that old-school attitude, us getting at Germany and giving the fans something to cheer about.

"We need to get them excited, we know that the last few months haven't been ideal for our fans so Friday is a chance to get them going," added Andrews.