Arsenal man's absence boosted Ireland's feel-good win - John O'Shea

Ireland

Sunderland star John O'Shea spoke of the timing of Ireland's clash with Germany, as the World Cup winners missed stars from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The Republic of Ireland were able to secure a vital point and a 1-1 draw against World Cup winners Germany this week because of the timing of the fixture.

That is, according to Sunderland utility player John O'Shea, who believes the injury-stricken nature of Joachim Low's squad - who was unable to call-up players like Arsenal trequartista Mesut Ozil, Bayern Munich leader Bastian Schweinsteiger and Real Madrid outcast Sami Khedira - benefited the Boys in Green.

The 33-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports to have said: "Because of the Poland win, we felt we really needed to get something with Germany missing the quality they were missing.

"They still had a lot of quality on the pitch - it shows the strength they have, obviously. They have just won the World Cup, so they have quality players.

"We got something from it and hopefully Germany keep getting stronger now and beat the other teams."

O'Shea was the one who won the point for Ireland as his last-gasp 90th minute equaliser canceled out Toni Kroos's 71st minute goal.

"For it to be on the night in question, the amount of caps I'd achieved and to do it in the last minute against Germany away from home was very, very special," he concluded.

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