JAMES McCarthy is looking forward to going head to head with both ends of the international spectrum this week.
First up, McCarthy and Ireland face a daunting test when Germany visit Dublin tomorrow night in qualifying Group C for World Cup 2014.
Then, next Tuesday, the Irish travel to the Faroe Islands, where they’ll be expected not only to win but also to rack up a few goals.
McCarthy, though, is not looking too far ahead, and is focused only on getting off to a good start against the Germans at Croke Park.
“They’ll be two big games for us, very tough indeed, but we’re looking to put some points on the board,” he told the Evening Post.
“We won’t be the favourites against Germany but we will be giving it our best shot.
“They are a top-quality side – both individually and as a group.
“But on the night it is 11 of us against 11 of them, and we’ll be going all out to beat them as we would any team.
“We’re at home and hopefully the Irish fans will get right behind us and spur us on.”
He also rejects the notion that the Faroe Islands trip will just be a case of going through the motions.
“We’ve seen so many teams go there and struggle, and they’ll be right up for it from the start,” he warned.
“They’re a good side, and no-one in the Irish squad will be underestimating them.
“They’ll be two good games overall, but we’ll be going into both full of confidence and aiming for maximum points.”