Gortnahoe Glengoole native and Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long will be hoping that his country can get a famous result against Germany tonight in the World Cup qualifier tie away from home.
The West Brom star has watched Ireland Captain Robbie Keane struggle with an ankle injury but he has been boosted by the return to the squad of the likes of Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Darren Gibson (Everton) and Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) - all of whom were in exile during the latter stages of the Trappatoni era.
Germany hit Ireland for six goals in the return clash in the Aviva Stadium on a night most soccer fans would wish to forget, but with a renewed spring in the step, Ireland fans will be hoping that Noel Kings men can impress and help attract a world class boss as a result of their showing against one of the top teams in the world.
The game is live on Network 2 this evening.
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