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Schweinsteiger: Irish no pushovers

Bastian Schweinsteiger expects a potentially memorable seven days to start on a testing note when Germany host Ireland on Friday night.

The Germans will qualify for the World Cup finals with a win against Ireland in Cologne - a point would realistically be enough given their vastly superior goal difference over Sweden - ahead of next Tuesday's clash between the top two in Solna.

Joachim Low's men won 6-1 in Dublin earlier in the campaign but Schweinsteiger is expecting the Irish - now under interim boss Noel King - to provide stiffer opposition this time round.

The Bayern Munich midfielder said at Tuesday's press conference: "Ireland have their qualities, which must be respected.

"They have players who fight tirelessly for their country. Of course they are not as strong as Argentina and Spain, but their hearts are in the right place and they always give everything."

Should he make an appearance on Friday, Schweinsteiger will have the opportunity to win his 100th cap against the Swedes which would be a proud moment for the 29-year-old.

"Of course it would be very special to me," he added.

"One hundred caps are not easily obtained. The number fills me with pride."

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