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Noel King wants Irish win in Germany

Updated: Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 11:39 | Comments

Noel King with Andy Reid, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson
Noel King with Andy Reid, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson

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Noel King is aiming for victory as he prepares to send the Republic of Ireland into World Cup battle with Germany.

The Under-21s boss has been placed in interim charge of the team following Giovanni Trapattoni's departure as manager last month, and will send the team out in Cologne on Friday night looking to spring a major shock in Group C.

Victory for the Germans would formally secure their passage to next summer's finals in Brazil.

And while there is little more than pride to play for on Friday - or on Tuesday evening when Kazakhstan head for the Aviva Stadium - for King and his players, he insists there will be plenty at stake on a personal level.

He said: "I see this as a huge match for me, a huge match. The German match is huge for my professional pride.

"This is what I do. I have always had a view about what international managers should and shouldn't do, what international players should and shouldn't do, so it's key, it's huge for me.

"Just turning up and expecting, 'It's okay, Germany can roll over us' - that wouldn't be acceptable.

"I have to live in Ireland after this. That's my long-term."

Ireland currently lie fourth in the group after last month's defeats by Sweden and Austria, and barring an unlikely sequence of results and an unprecedented goal rush, are out of the World Cup reckoning.

However, King's sole focus will be to put together a side which can not only tame one of the powerhouses of European football, but attempt to beat them.

"They are not here just to come and have a trip" - Noel King

He said: "It's a football match. Every kid, every adult, they go into a football match to try to win the game. That's all I know, and that's my mission, to try to win the game.

"How we go about doing it and against the opposition - it might sound naive, but I am not naive. I understand fully the magnitude of the tie, but the mission is to try to win the game, nothing else."

King's first act as manager was to restore the previously discarded or ignored Darron Gibson, Andy Reid, Anthony Stokes and Kevin Doyle to the squad, and all four were in Malahide when the party met up on Monday.

Wolves striker Doyle was one of five men - Stephen Henderson, Ciaran Clark, Damien Delaney and Aiden McGeady were the others - who did not train after playing on Sunday or to rest knocks.

Skipper Robbie Keane, Stoke defender Marc Wilson, Norwich's Anthony Pilkington and West Brom's Shane Long were due to join their team-mates this evening.

However, King is adamant he has no preconceived ideas about the team he will name on Friday - he will not follow Trapattoni's practice of releasing his starting XI at his pre-match press conference - and will decide on the basis of training this week.

He said: "They are not here just to come and have a trip. Everybody who is there is there for a reason, and whether that reason is a full 90 minutes, a half performance, a game against Kazakhstan, a half game against Kazakhstan, a half game against Germany, that will unfold.

"I don't know yet, but that's why we have the squad."

Live television coverage of Germany v Republic of Ireland from 19:00 on Friday 11 October on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (ROI only). Live radio coverage on Game On from 19:00 on RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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