Robbie Keane insists the Republic of Ireland can bounce back from its poor showing in Kazakhstan by beating Germany in its next World Cup qualifier.
The Republic put on arguably its worst performance of Giovanni Trapattoni's reign on Saturday morning (AEST) when it edged to an undeserved 2-1 win over eastern European minnows
The former Soviet Republic, ranked 116 places below Trapattoni's side, took the lead through captain Kairat Nurdauletov and missed a couple of good chances before Keane and
Next up for Trapattoni's men after Wednesday morning's (AEST) friendly against
Keane admits his team must up its game if it is to beat the Germans, but the Republic skipper insists victory over the Group C favourite is not beyond the men in green.
"We're always confident of winning against anyone at home, regardless of who they are," Keane said.
"It will be a completely different game.
"We will be at home in front of our fans as well so it will be a good opportunity for us."
The pressure on Trapattoni would have intensified to a new level had it not been for Keane and Doyle's last-gasp strikes.
The 73-year-old Italian came under fire for leading the Republic through a dreadful
Having endured a long trip across half the planet to get to Astana, the
The former Tottenham man now hopes the team can build on the victory and once again prove the doubters wrong.
"It wasn't a good performance but at the end of the day it doesn't matter. We have three points on the board," Keane added.
"We had the same situation last time around when we played
"We won the game and people said it wasn't a good performance. It wasn't, and I think it's going to be the same for us with what happened in
McClean put his international future in jeopardy by venting his anger at being omitted from the side on Twitter.
He wrote: "delighted as a fan we got the win. Personal level #fuming #f*****joke #embarrassing'."
It was removed from Twitter shortly after, but Trapattoni is aware of the rant and may now kick the Sunderland winger out of the squad for the friendly against
He later tweeted: "i apologise for my tweet last night, it was stupid,
disrespectful and i let my frustration get the better of me which still
aint an excuse."
Teammate Kevin Doyle has rubbished claims of disharmony within the Republic of Ireland squad, insisting that all the players remain firmly behind manager Trapattoni.Earlier this summer Kevin Foley also refused a call-up to the squad for the Serbia friendly and vowed never to play for Trapattoni again after being overlooked for Euro 2012.
Doyle, however, insists everyone in the party is fully behind their manager.
"Everyone respects the manager and there is no other scenario," Doyle said after scoring last night's winner in the 89th minute.
"The atmosphere is the same here as it has been in any Republic squad I've been involved in.
"Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but as far as I can see everyone is right behind the manager and hopefully that win will help ease the pressure on us."
Trapattoni is expected to make many changes to his side, with the likes of Stephen Kelly, David Meyler and Andy Keogh set to be given a chance to stake a claim for a place in the team to face Germany.