Cyrus Christie described the Republic of Ireland’s win over Germany as a fantastic feeling on the best night of his career so far.
The Derby County defender came into the Ireland team in place of the injured Seamus Coleman and produced a terrific display as the world champions left Dublin empty-handed.
The 23-year-old said: “It’s the highlight of my career definitely. To play for my country, and to beat the world champions, it is a fantastic feeling. You can see from the lads, I don’t think words can describe what we’re feeling.
“We have kept three cleans sheets on the bounce now and we have got three wins. The lads stood up to the challenge. They got so many fantastic players that can break you down but I think we defended from our lives and got the rewards.
“I knew it was going to be tough for me because they play at the highest level and I’m in the Championship. I had to ease myself into the game and I think I grew in confidence as the game went on. The lads here give you great confidence to go out and believe in yourself and so do the manager and Roy.
“We limited their chances, kept them in front of us and stopped them from going through. It was a great defensive performance, not just from the back four, but from the whole team. James McCarthy was outstanding, as was Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady as well. They got around their midfielders and nullified.
“When Muller missed that chance, it was a great chance for him and how many times do you see him week-in and week-out finish them and I think from them on we kind of knew it was going to be our night.”
Christie, one of three Derby players that started in the game alongside Richard Keogh and Hendrick, said Ireland should go all out for the victory in Warsaw.
He concluded: “The pressure is off, we have secured third place, but it would be a better feeling to go through automatically and I think we can go to Poland and beat them.
“They came here and drew and we were the better team on the night. Anything can happen.”