Ireland nicked a valuable point when they played Germany away previous year – John O’Shea netting an injury-time equaliser but O’Neill believes Germany are a different beast now as it came so soon after their World Cup heroics in Brazil.
The 19-year-old arrived at Villa Park in the summer from Spanish giants Barcelona and he has so far made three appearances for Tim Sherwood’s side, scoring one goal to date. They’re coming here to have a day out with their families – they want to be entertained...
Of the weekend’s Premier League goalkeepers, David de Gea was one of only two not to concede. It is important to understand that we have different teams and competitions to other teams in Europe’. Ha ha! That’s a tricky trivia question for the future.
Paul McGrath says that Jack Grealish could have been “the top player for Ireland” had he stuck with the Boys in Green and believes that the Aston Villa midfielder’s chances with England will be limited.
The north London derby is the standout fixture to come out of Tuesday night’s third round draw. The biggest clash in this round will be Tottenham Hotspur playing arch-rivals Arsenal. Arsenal won after extra time in the third round in 2010.
The club’s travelling fans, meanwhile, will be eager for another sight of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who received a thunderous reception when he made his competitive debut as a second-half substitute against Spurs.
Our opponents as the first Premier League opposition will be Aston Villa, probably best remembered by our older fans from the season of 1971-72 where we beat them 3-0 at Dean Court and lost 2-1 at Villa in front of a vociferous crowd of 48,110, a record at the time for the 3rd...