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The under-21 manager was full of praise for his young charges after their 3-0 victory against the Netherlands and stressed that they had nothing to fear against Germany

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King has hailed his team's performance after their 3-0 friendly international victory over the Netherlands on Wednesday February 6.

A first-half double from Millwall striker Aiden O'Brien and a second-half penalty from Anthony Forde sealed the victory for King's men at Tallaght Stadium. Speaking after the game, King credited his player for playing 'some fantastic football'.
"Beating a Dutch side is always a tough task but to do so in that fashion is a great credit to the lads," he told the Irish Examiner. "[The Netherlands] could have been ahead but our opener settled us down and we played some fantastic football."

He added: "All of the team were excellent and Anthony Forde showed just why he's played lots of games for Wolves' first-team already."

The victory has buoyed the former Finn Harps and Derry City boss and, looking ahead to the forthcoming qualifying games for the Uefa Under-21 European Championships, King said that his team did not need to be 'fearful'.

"We've a tough qualifying group alongside Germany but there's no reason for us to be fearful," he said.

"This is the base of our squad for the qualifiers, barring the likes of John Egan coming back from injury later in the year, and we won’t make too many changes for the next friendly against Portugal in Cork on March 25," concluded King.