Ireland's Diane Caldwell says her side are aiming to take the runners-up spot in their group in their bid to reach the 2021 European championships.

Ireland are currently on track to achieve that goal as they sit six points behind UEFA Women's Euro 2021 Group I leaders Germany, who beat world cup semi-finalists England 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

Vera Pauw's Ireland side, who are looking to reach their first major tournament, opened their campaign with back-to-back wins over Montengro and Ukraine.

A trip to Greece is next up for Ireland on Tuesday where they will be hoping to pick up another crucial result and maintain their grip on that runners-up spot in their final fixture of 2019.

"We have to get points off all the teams around us if we want to have a serious chance of making it," said Caldwell.

"It's a must-win game. You need to believe you can beat anyone on the day, but realistically, we're playing for second.

"We have to do the job against everyone else in the group and try to get as many goals and points on the board as possible."

Ireland's previous qualifier against Ukraine was Pauw's first game in charge, with the home side edging out a five-goal thriller to get the Dutch woman's tenure off to a winning start.

Ireland took a commanding 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Rianna Jarrett and captain Katie McCabe, before conceding two late first half goals to let the visiting side back into the contest at the break.

An own goal in the second half ultimately edged the tie in Ireland's favour to maintain their winning start to the campaign.

Rianna Jarrett celebrates after her goal against Ukraine

"We got off to a great start and 2-0 up, you should be quite comfortable," says Caldwell as she recalls that hard-earned victory.

"But obviously things happen and mistakes happen and then we're in a very difficult situation.

"But to be honest, the way we turned that game around and the sheer fight we had and will to get the three points because we knew we needed to win. It showed the strength of the team and strength of the mentality. Perhaps in years gone by, we would have lost that game. I think that was also evidence that things have changed."

Ireland have fallen short in their quest to reach a major tournament in the past, but Caldwell suggests that there is a different sense of confidence in the current squad.

Having already built up a winning momentum in their opening Euro qualifiers, another victory will bring them one step closer to making history and reaching a first-ever major tournament.

"The only difference with this campaign is that there's a serious belief that we can do it whereas perhaps in the past, you hoped and you prayed you could do it," says Caldwell.

"I feel like with the development we've made in the past two years, it's just the confidence and belief is there that it really is our time now."

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