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Germany is the real test for Northern Ireland

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According to Northern Ireland’s manager, Michael O’Neill, the game against Die Nationalmannshaft might be the most important for the team this year.

Northern Ireland has won four out of the same amount of matches played in the EURO 2020 Group C Qualifiers.

And now they are set to play against Germany, in what manager Michael O’Neill believes will be the real test.

“I don’t think we’ve got the level of experience (compared to last time),” O’Neill said to Sky Sports.

“We’ve not replaced Brunt with an experienced player. We’ve not replaced McAuley with an experienced player. We’ve not replaced Hughes with an experienced player.”

“Potentially, for some of our lads to be thrown into the game will be a massive step up in quality,” he added.

“We won’t have that same level of international experience. It will take time. What we do have is more energy in the legs than we’ve ever had in my time. The younger players have given us that.”

“I wouldn’t say we are stronger but we have the potential to be stronger,” he commented.

“It will be a very different Germany team than we’ve played in our previous three encounters.”

“The big names that won the World Cup, there’s not many left. Toni Kroos is possibly the only one other than (Manuel) Neuer,” he concluded.