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The Millwall goalkeeper is hopeful of a positive result against the Group C leaders but emphasised the strength of the Germany squad

David Forde says that it will take a "massive effort" for the Republic of Ireland to get a result against Germany in Cologne.

The Boys in Green suffered a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Joachim Low's side a year ago in Dublin and Forde believes that the Group C leaders possess "top, top players." Nevertheless, the Millwall shot-stopper is confident that Ireland can get a positive result at the RheinEnergieStadion on October 11.

"They're probably one of the top teams in the world currently, full of top, top players," Forde told reporters. "It's going to take a massive effort from everybody. At the end of the day, it's going to be difficult.

"But no matter what game it is in football, you're always going to get a chance, so hopefully we can counter-attack and get on the end of some goals."

"We're looking forward to getting a good result," he added. "It's just disappointing really that we haven't got to this stage while still in the competition. That's unfortunate. It wasn't to be but we'll go again."

Forde, who made his competitive debut against Sweden in March 2013, is the most capped goalkeeper in the squad after Keiren Westwood was forced to withdraw as a result of injury.

The 33-year-old emerged as the first-choice goalkeeper under former Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni and will be hoping to impress interim boss Noel King ahead of the game on Friday, with competition from uncapped duo Rob Elliott and Stephen Henderson.

And the former Derry City custodian was full of praise for King, who will temporarily steer the team against Germany and Kazakhstan while the Football Association of Ireland search for a permanent manager.

"[King] has come in and has been very vocal and has got his points across...he's laid down a marker of the way we want to play, and hopefully we'll reap the rewards."

Ireland take on Germany in Cologne on October 11 before hosting Kazkahstan in Dublin on October 15.