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Friday 15 December 2017

King hails 'fearless' Irish ahead of German test

Stephen Finn

GERMANY may look like the team to beat at the World Cup but for the Republic of Ireland U-17 women's side, they are an even more difficult proposition than that.

Noel King's talented teenagers are aiming to do what no other European team has done before in the UEFA U-17 Championships next week -- beat the Germans.

Germany have won each of the last two tournaments and have yet to lose a game in 22 attempts at this level.

This is the first time any Irish female side has qualified for a UEFA finals, but they will seldom face a tougher obstacle than their semi-final against the Germans in Nyon, Switzerland next Tuesday.

"Everybody in world football admires what Germany has done in football. They've been one of the superpowers for many years," said King. "The good thing for us is that our players have no fear of anybody and don't know much about Germany."

King is one of the favourites for the vacant U-21 international men's team manager's role, but he is focusing all his attention on trying to lead the Irish girls to a top-three spot in Nyon.

If Ireland can achieve that goal, they will qualify for the World Cup finals in Trinidad & Tobago later this year.

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