Our only aim is to beat Germany, says Ireland boss King

Under-21 manager King takes the reins for World Cup clashes against Germany and Kazakhstan and says that the team's only ambition is to try and secure victory
Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King has said that the only aim for the Boys in Green is to seek a win against Germany.

With qualification for the World Cup effectively out of Ireland's grasp, the 57-year-old is determined to lay down a solid foundation for the next manager in his time as caretaker boss, starting with victory against Germany in Cologne on Friday.

"We have one aim and ambition, to try and win the game," King said at Malahide's Gannon Park.

In the last meeting between the two teams, in October 2012, Ireland succumbed to a heavy 6-1 defeat at home. Goals from Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus, as well as Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos, condemned Giovanni Trapattoni's team to their worst ever home defeat.

However, both Klose and Reus are set to miss Friday's clash at the RheinEnergieStadion through injury, and King is not concerned with the game at the Aviva Stadium last year.

"I've looked at the previous game and if I'm being honest, it's not relevant because there are some players not there and there will probably be a difference in approach to it," he said.

"So, I'm not looking at the key details from the past but the details from now and on the Germans for what we need to know in order to be successful."

To complement his positive philosophy, King has attempted to apply a different formation to that deployed during the Trapattoni era, and says that the players are "all very much buying into it."

"We have to play some formation and you have to work with something that you think will get you the result, and that's what we're doing," he said

"They're all very much buying into it and although things have to be tweaked, the players have great knowledge and experience.

He added: "Each position is a priority and is vital. We need to send out our best XI in order to get a positive result and that's going to be the challenge in the next two days."