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Northern Ireland fans must be on top form to help humble Germany: Dallas

Stuart Dallas
Stuart Dallas

By Ian Cahoon

Stuart Dallas has called on the Windsor Park fans to play their part tonight.

The Leeds United midfielder believes a raucous crowd can make the difference against Germany.

"The crowd is going to be a massive factor," he said.

"The last time Germany came here, they scored early and that maybe put a dampener on it.

"Teams won't relish coming here, though, and it's one we're really looking forward to, we know the fans are looking forward to it and I'm sure it will be a good game."

There has been a major reshuffle in the German pack since the group stage exit from the 2018 World Cup.

Many of the old guard have been moved on and, while Joachim Low's squad still contains a stellar cast of top European players, Dallas insists he and his Northern Ireland team mates a relishing the opportunity to test themselves in this evening's Euro 2020 qualifier.

"I don't think you can say there is any fear going into the match," he added.

"We don't fear anyone, to be honest.

"You want to be involved in big games and they don't come any bigger than Germany.

"Them coming here is massive, but this will be an intimidating place to come to and we're top of the group at the end of the day.

"We know how tough it's going to be, but we'll be well prepared and give it our all."

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