'We have to give the fans something to cheer about' - Keith Andrews on Ireland's World Cup qualification clash with Germany

The Bolton midfielder has urged his team-mates to take a positive approach into the game against Germany, but admits that it will be a difficult game for the Boys in Green
Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews has urged his side to give the Irish support 'something to cheer about' by putting in an 'old-school performance' against Germany on Friday.

The Bolton midfielder missed the opening qualifier against Kazakhstan due to suspension, but is back in the frame for the game against Joachim Low's side in Dublin.

"We have to go into the game looking to win it, we can't go into Friday thinking that a draw will do us," Andrews told the Evening Herald. "We want to get out of this group and qualify for the World Cup, that's why it was so important to win that game in Kazakhstan last month."

He continued: "We will have to roll up our sleeves and go back to an old-school performance, getting in their faces. It's about time we caused an upset, especially as we haven't done that at the new Lansdowne Road. It will take that old-school attitude, us getting at Germany and giving the fans something to cheer about.

"We have had some good performances, especially away from home, we had some draws that were good results and we had the game in Paris, but it would be nice to give a big performance, take the scalp of a big nation."

Despite his positivity, Andrews admitted that the game will be difficult, considering the wealth of quality available to Die Mannschaft, and said that it will be one of his biggest personal challenges.

He said: "It goes without saying that they're a very tough opposition, they seem to qualify at a canter for every competition. Germany are one of the best international squads around, with so many players in the Champions League, players at clubs like Real Madrid.

"It's one of the toughest games we'll have faced, for me personally it will be one of the biggest challenges I'll have had outside of the finals. Germany were a bit unlucky not to advance at the Euros."

"They have fantastic players, like [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and [Mesut] Ozil, [Sami] Khedira, they have an abundance of talent there with some of the best midfielders in the world," added Andrews.