Republic of Ireland Under-21s boss Noel King has urged his players to learn from their mistakes as they attempt to end their European Championship qualifying campaign on a high.

Ireland's hopes of making it to next summer's finals in Italy and San Marino were dashed by Thursday's 3-1 defeat in Israel, which left them in third place in Group 5.

They are eight points adrift of leaders Germany and unable to get themselves among the best runners-up spots to claim a play-off place even if they do leapfrog Norway into second.

They finish their campaign against the Germans on Tuesday evening with King calling for a rousing conclusion after their disappointment in Akko.

He said: "It's a tough defeat for the players to take, but they'll learn from this experience as we look towards the Germany game."

It has proved a sobering few weeks for the U21 side, who still had high hopes of reaching the finals until last month.

They will run out at the Albstadion in Heidenheim hoping to avenge a bruising 6-0 drubbing by the group leaders in Tallaght.

The visitors scored four times inside the final 24 minutes in Dublin and three of their goals came from the penalty spot on a bad night for King's men.

Portsmouth striker Ronan Curtis left the camp after the game in Israel to join up with Martin O'Neill's senior squad ahead of the Nations League clash with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.