David Meyler says he can only see “one outcome” when Ireland face Denmark at the Aviva tomorrow night.
The Hull City midfielder missed Saturday’s stalemate in Copenhagen through suspension, but is confident the boys in green can overcome the Danes in Dublin.
The Cork native is likely to start in midfield on the night, and he claims Ireland outmatch Denmark in terms of heart and desire.
“I only see one outcome, I think Ireland are going to the World Cup. I don’t think anyone will stand in our way.
“They (Denmark) are a very good team, very good players, but they don’t have the character and the heart and the desire that we have.
“I believe in the manager, I believe in the players, I believe in all the backroom staff. I believe in everyone and I believe we will go to the World Cup.”
Meyler also praised Martin O’Neill, and described the Ireland manager as “a very educated man”.
“He is tactically alert, a very educated man,” he told Sky Sports.
“I could probably tell you everything about the Denmark team because we have studied them, we know everything about them.
“That starts with him. He knows everything about them, it feeds through into the players. He is a great man motivator, he gets people going.
“Whether it might be that five yards, that extra pass, that extra tackle, he gets it out of people.
“Any time our back has been up against the wall, we have come out and we have produced a result.”
In other news, Rob Elliot has left the Republic of Ireland squad today due to personal bereavement.
Bradford City goalkeeper Colin Doyle has replaced the Newcastle ‘keeper in the squad for Ireland’s clash with Denmark tomorrow night.