Veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan insists Ireland will give it their all next month in a win or bust qualifier against Denmark next month.

The Hearts man was speaking immediately after the 2-0 defeat to Switzerland in Geneva, which leaves the Republic of Ireland with one last shot to qualify directly for Euro 2020.

"We're Ireland, we never do it easy. I think we would have taken this beforehand. Having to win one out of two, we would have taken that. So, we'll give it a go," said the 35 year old.

After a poor first half showing, Mick McCarthy's men played better after the break but struggled to break down their hosts on a terrible pitch that had to pass an inspection after a day of torrential rain in the Swiss city.

"I thought the first half we gave them a little bit too much respect, stood off them a little bit. Second half we had a go and tried to get back in the game. I think for us, as Ireland, that is what we have to do all the time. We show teams too much respect and get sloppy on the ball," added Whelan, who wants the team to play with more courage.

"I think if we get on the front foot and get the fans behind us, we'll give anyone a go."

While many of his team-mates under-performed, the often-criticised midfielder put in a great shift in the middle of the park. Plugging gaps, making interceptions and trying to push Ireland forwards, despite the energy-sapping conditions.

"I try and look after myself as best I can. Obviously I want to play as much as I can, but I don't want to come and hold the guys back."