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Grant excited by Germany encounter

7 September 2014

Rovers captain Grant Hanley will go head-to-head with the World Champions when his Scotland side take on Germany in Dortmund in their first Euro 2016 qualifier tonight.

The match will be Germany’s first competitive fixture since they lifted the World Cup in July courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Argentina.
Whilst Hanley insists the Germans pose a difficult test, he says his side are relishing the occasion.

“It will certainly be a test, but one that we are all looking forward to,” said the Rovers defender. “It is always good to test yourself against the best. 

“Our results and performances have picked up recently and it’s something that I always enjoy, so I'm really looking forward to going away.

“As a player you just want to test yourself as often as you can at the highest level you can, so when you go away and play games against the big countries it is certainly a test.

“It should be a great atmosphere and what an experience that will be, playing Germany in Germany. They are the types of games that you play football to be involved in.”
Also on international duty is Rovers midfielder Corry Evans, who will turn out for Northern Ireland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Hungary in Budapest.

Michael O'Neill's squad have spent the last few days at a training camp in London and Evans believes it has been the perfect preparation ahead of the big game.

"It was a good chance for us to get together and work on some stuff and hopefully the days we've spent, doing double sessions, we can take that into the game and be as well organised as we can be," said the 24-year-old.

"It will be a tough game, but if we put some points on the board, it sets us up well going into the next games.

"We've got a lot of youth now mixed with the experienced ones, who have played in a lot of campaigns and been through it all before, so Michael's tried to blend the young ones in slowly, we've got a really good mixture and hopefully we can do well in the forthcoming game." 

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