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Delaney happy with draw

FAI chief executive John Delaney was upbeat following the draw for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers which was made in Rio on Saturday night.

Ireland face Germany, Sweden, Austria, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan.

Delaney told Sky Sports News: "I think we're very pleased. Germany have got to be favourites (to win the group) but you wouldn't concede it. The last time we played them over two legs it was close."

He added: "Germany are a great team to play in the Aviva Stadium financially, with the television and advertising rights - but our main aim is to qualify for the World Cup.

"I've spoken to (manager) Giovanni (Trapattoni), he's pleased. He's managed in Germany and Austria so has a connection to both those countries."

Delaney was keen to look forward and not dwell on the disappointment of Thierry Henry's handball goal, which took France to last year's event at the expense of the Irish in a play-off.

He continued: "The last World Cup is in the dustbin, it's about the next one.

"For us the main aim is to get out of the group, come here to Brazil and have the Irish supporters here with us.

"We've beaten the Faroes before, Kazakhstan is a long trip but that's the draw. Austria is very central.

"The sooner we can get the dates agreed the better."


From Belfast Telegraph