Darren Randolph admits he was surprised to get the call to come on against Germany after less than 90 minutes of action for the Republic of Ireland but was delighted to be part of a historic victory.

Randolph replaced the injured Shay Given just before half-time at the Aviva Stadium in a 1-0 win that guaranteed Ireland at least a play-off spot for Euro 2016, with automatic qualification on the table if they win in Poland on Sunday.

"I had a feeling I'd be busy and was just thankful to make the saves. And an assist. My first one. I meant it as well"

"I wasn't expecting it. I was literally just told I was going on and ran from the changing room out to the side of the pitch. Before I knew it I was on there playing," the West Ham man told RTÉ Sport.

"The atmosphere at the end was unbelievable. All I wanted was the ref to blow the whistle. It seemed like ten minutes instead of four added on.

"It was great to play. The result is one that's going to go down in the history books.

"A few of the boys said it in inside. It's brilliant to be part of it and it sets us up brilliantly for Sunday."

Randolph made some crucial saves, not to mention the assist for Shane Long's winning goal, and when asked what he was thinking when Thomas Muller hit a great chance wide late on said: "Oh... sugar!

"I was happy to see it go wide. I didn't hear anybody cheer when it went past so I knew I was safe.

"I had a feeling I'd be busy and was just thankful to make the saves. And an assist. My first one. I meant it as well!

"I'll have to watch it back, I don't really remember what happened. I'm happy it went to one of our players and it's a bonus that we scored from it."

Randolph was a surprise choice to come on ahead of David Forde, given he had only briefly appeared in friendlies against Oman and Spain, but the 28-year-old will be ready if called upon against Poland, assuming Given's twisted knee rules him out.

"It's not my decision," said Randolph. "It's up to the manager but I'll prepare and we'll see what happens on Sunday.

"I won't be thinking too much, I'll just get on with it.

"I was hoping to get my chance. I got it and we won so I'm not going to complain."