Confirmed: Republic of Ireland and Germany line-ups

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Here is how Republic of Ireland and Germany will line up for this evening’s match including players from Arsenal, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Republic of Ireland starting XI: Given, O'Shea, Ward, Christie, Keogh, McCarthy, Hoolahan, Hendrick, Brady, Murphy, Walters

Germany starting XI: Neuer, Boateng, Hector, Hummels, Ginter, Kroos, Gotze, Ozil, Gundogan, Muller, Reus

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side welcome World Cup holders Germany to the Aviva Stadium this evening in a vital Euro 2016 qualifying match.

Germany are currently top of Group D with 19 points from their eight matches played, while Poland are just two points behind them and with a far superior goal-difference.

As for Ireland, they are third in the group with 15 points and they know that one victory from their final two group games will secure third spot in the group and ensure they go into the play-offs at a minimum.

Two draws may even be enough but that will depend on how Scotland get on against Poland and Gibraltar.

After Germany, Ireland take on Poland on Sunday and in truth they could not have asked for two tougher matches as they bid to qualify for the major tournament next summer.

Among those players on show tonight are Arsenal play-maker Mesut Ozil, Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Sunderland defender John O'Shea.

Ozil was outstanding for Arsenal in their recent 3-0 victory against Manchester United while Given has had to make do with two League Cup appearances and a prolonged run on the bench for Villa in the league.

O'Shea has been captaining Sunderland this season but he will want to return after the latest international break to see a considerable upturn in form from him and his Black Cats teammates.

 

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