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Evans eyes Germany upset

21 June 2016

Corry Evans will hope to retain his place in the Northern Ireland team for today’s Euro 2016 clash with World Champions Germany.

The Rovers midfielder starred as Northern Ireland defeated Ukraine 2-0 in their second group game, which has put them within touching distance of qualifying for the last 16.

Evans admits manager Michael O’Neill has kept his cards close to his chest over team selection, but insists that every member of the group will be ready and raring to go. 

“He’s not given any indication so far,” said the Rovers star. 

“He hasn’t done in the last two games, so anyone could be called upon and the players have to stay mentally and physically ready and be prepared to play if they are called upon.” 

The game in Paris is likely to be Northern Ireland’s toughest test yet, against a German side who are yet to concede a goal and who are expected to see plenty of the ball.

But Evans believes that Northern Ireland’s high-energy pressing game could cause the World Champions a few problems. 

“I’m sure they’ve seen the game (against Ukraine) and analysed it and they’ll know they’ll be in for a tough game, full of energy,” added the 25-year-old. 

“They’re going to play a team full of heart and desire. We’re not going to give them a minute. We’re going to be physically and mentally very strong, and just make it a really difficult and ugly game for them to play in.

“I’m sure they won’t really be used to that type of match.

“We’ve probably had the least possession in the group so far, but we know that we’re not going to go and dominate games with the ball.

“Our strengths are out of possession – pressing and getting around our opponents and making life difficult. The Germans might not have experienced that yet, so hopefully we can surprise them.

“They’ve got quality players and whoever they start with on Tuesday night it’s going to be difficult for us, but I’m sure the coaching staff will have us all briefed on each player’s strengths and weaknesses in the German squad.”

Victory for Northern Ireland would guarantee them a place in the last 16 and they would top Group C if they win and Poland fail to beat Ukraine.

A draw is also likely to be enough to ensure a place in the knockout stage, whilst even defeat may see Northern Ireland advance as one of the best third-place finishers.

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