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Watch: Germany's Mats Hummels loves the GAWA - but would he retire to a caravan in Portrush?

Germany's defender gets grilled by comedian Shane Todd

By Claire Williamson

Germany's Mats Hummels has made no secret of his love for Northern Ireland's fans - but does he love them enough to want to retire to Portrush?

Ahead of their World Cup qualifying clash with Northern Ireland on Thursday - defender Mats Hummels faced a grilling with a difference from comedian Shane Todd.

The world champions are in Northern Ireland ahead of their match at Windsor Park.

It began with Shane asking Hummels, who will captain the team in the absence of injured skipper Manuel Neuer, if he will still love the Northern Ireland fans so much when the side win the qualifying group.

Undeterred he said he would, but maintained that Germany are "in a good situation to make first place".

Hummels went on to praise the "atmosphere" the GAWA create - when asked what makes Northern Ireland's fans so special.

He said: "It's very passionate but it's peaceful, it's not aggressive, just supporting their team and cheering for the players.

"If they play good and win it's a hell of a noise they make and it's really loud. And if the team loses, but still giving everything they have, they still appreciate it and support them.

"It's something I enjoy very much as a player when I'm on the pitch or in front of the TV - it's very cool to see."

After listing Germany's achievements Shane then asks Hummels what makes Northern Ireland so good at football - to which he said it was because they "love it so much".

He said:" If you love to do it you get better at it. It's very impressive, it's a much smaller country than Germany for example. "

He was then asked, "once there is nothing left to win" - would he consider retiring to a caravan in Portrush - a question inspired by boxer Carl Frampton who said that's what he would do after he hangs up the boxing gloves.

But the Bayern Munich player admitted he hadn't given that much thought and even offered Shane a place to stay when he's in Munich for a stag do next month.

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