Republic of Ireland defender Darren O'Dea has dismissed suggestions that the players are fearful of the threat posed by Germany ahead of the World Cup qualification clash at the Aviva Stadium on Friday, October 12.
Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green welcome the three-time World Cup winners, who are currently ranked number two in the world, to Dublin and the Toronto FC defender said that rather than being intimidated, the players are 'relishing' the encounter.
"I relish it, I don't fear it at all. Everyone does - that's why you play football," O'Dea told reporters yesterday. "You want to play against the best, you want to be in the Champions League, you want to play in the Premier League.
"Every player wants to do it because that is the best level, and this is the best it gets at international level, playing against Germany, so we will look forward to it."
The former Celtic and Ipswich Town defender also played down concerns that the defence lacked cohesion, after injuries ruled out first-choice centre back pairing Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger, while reassuring the public that the team could 'deal with most threats'.
He said: "I think I have 16 caps and I don't think I have played more than three times with any central defender. It's not a big deal. John has a wealth of experience, he has played at the top level all his career, so it's not a problem at all.
"Any player that as been in this squad knows - a central midfielder could go in there and know what to do. It's not a big deal. We have not been working all week, it's been over years now, so the team knows exactly what they are doing and are well set-up, and I feel we can deal with most threats," added O'Dea