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Germany loom large for O'Shea

Germany will be firmly in John O'Shea's thoughts when the Republic of Ireland host Serbia in a friendly in Dublin tonight.

Ireland have painful memories of two defeats to Joachim Loew's side - 6-1 at the Aviva Stadium and 3-0 in Cologne - under their former manager Giovanni Trapattoni during World Cup qualifying and must face them again, along with Scotland, as they bid for a place at Euro 2016.

O'Shea, sitting beside Trapattoni's successor, Martin O'Neill at a press conference yesterday, said: "Germany will be a massive test for us. But I know the man alongside me and we are not going to be having a team talk beforehand thinking, 'we are not going to win this game'."

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