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The 23-year-old put in an excellent showing as his team recorded a magnificent victory in Dublin, and is targeting more of the same as die Nationalelf work towards World Cup 2014

Germany forward Marco Reus was delighted with his side's performance in the 6-1 win over Republic of Ireland on Friday, and warned rivals that they are not satisfied yet.

The Borussia Dortmund star scored his team's first two goals in Dublin as die Mannschaft made it three wins from three in their bid to qualify for World Cup 2014, and was also adamant that he deserved a first-half penalty for a foul by John O'Shea.

"We have big plans," he is quoted as saying by Sportschau.

"The coach prepared us very well. We were in control of the match from the beginning, but unfortunately chances were not forthcoming.

"In the first half, it was certainly a penalty. There's no two ways about it."

Marcel Schmelzer put in a far better showing for his country after a disastrous performance against Austria a month ago, but was adamant that he did not let words of criticism affect him.

"I was pleased with Reus' leadership, but the whole team supported me well. I will say nothing about the criticism before the game, but I'm happy about getting all three points here in Ireland.

"If I didn't have so much support, I couldn't have concentrated on the game properly."

Bastian Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, saluted his defensive colleagues for dealing with Ireland's aerial game, and believes his side are on their way to another major tournament.

"We put in a very focussed performance. I think everyone did a fine job. For the defence, it wasn't easy to deal with the long balls.

"We are well on our way," he said.

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