Katie McCabe is looking to Republic of Ireland's in-form players to give her side an outside chance of frustrating Germany in today's UEFA Euro 2022 qualifier in Essen.

Germany go in as heavy favourites to win the game and ultimately finish top of the group, having thrashed all of their group opponents so far.

But with the Irish side top of the group, having played a game more, and key players showing good form at club level, McCabe, who acknowledges the world class talent available to Germany, has confidence in her team-mates.

"They've got a terrific squad. Leonie Maier, one of my team-mates at Arsenal, I know what quality she has," the Arsenal player told FAI TV.

"But obviously we look to ourselves, look to how we prepare as best we can and what our game plan will be going in against them.

"We've got a lot of players doing well, we've got Denise [O'Sullivan] coming back from America, playing in the WSL and the Brighton girls getting a great result against Manchester City.

"So we've got players in good form, given the circumstances of Covid-19, so it's nice to see the girls getting back fit with a good pre-season under their belt." 

With the Women's Super League season in its early stages, McCabe feels close to full fitness after coming through the summer sessions with Arsenal.

 Leonie Maier takes on Katie McCabe during Arsenal training in July

"It's been a long pre-season. I feel like I've not stopped training since March but it's been great," she said.

"We've been back now since the start of July and we had that first competitive game in the Champions League against PSG.

"Obviously, it didn't go our way but we've done well the last two games in the WSL."

After today's away game in Germany, Ireland face a trip to Ukraine and a home tie against the Germans will follow between now and December. But it's the Ukraine game that has been earmarked as the key fixture for Ireland given the likelihood of Germany finishing top, according to McCabe.

"At this stage we're sitting top of the table but Germany is going to be a massive, massive game," she said.

"But we are looking to Ukraine next October. It would be really massive for us to implement that second spot within the group.

"But we've basically three cup finals left now and we're going to be giving it our all."  

Follow the Republic of Ireland's UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifier against Germany (12.30pm) on our live blog on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app  or watch live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player.

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