Goalkeeper David Forde has said Ireland will be at their best if they are to qualify from what he described as a “mini-group” within Euro 2016 qualification Group D. 

“It’s a tough group,” Forde told RTÉ Sport. “You’re looking at Germany probably looking like the strongest outfit, and [...] Poland and Scotland and ourselves in that mini-group to qualify for the second spot.

“We beat Poland at home and we drew 0-0 away recently, as well, so you know we know we need to be on our game, and if we are up to our best, I think we can qualify.”

Asked about the prospect of facing an improving Scotland, Forde said they looked like a strong outfit, and said Gordon Strachan had re-instilled belief in the Scottish side.

He also stressed the importance of Ireland being at their best for their away trips.

“You’re looking at Hampden Park, which is a fantastic venue, and Poland, their national [venue is in] Warsaw; they’ve had some big results there. [We’re] just going to have to be at it, and up to our best.”