Toni Kroos  scores his second and Germany’s  fourth goal during the Euro 2020 Group C qualifier match against  Belarus   in Mönchengladbach. Photograph: Jörg Schüler/Bongarts/Getty Images

Germany joined the Netherlands at Euro 2020 from Group C after Toni Kroos scored twice as Germany beat Belarus 4-0 in Mönchengladbach. Defender Matth(...)

   Manuel Neuer has been named in Germany’s initial 27-man World Cup squad.  Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was included in their preliminary World Cup squad despite having been out of action since September but(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring the dramatic equaliser against Germany  in injury time. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John O’Shea, the centurion, the captain, the hero. About time he gets his dues.Over the years there has been a certain negativity directed at John bec(...)

German  coach Joachim Löw during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters
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Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6/10 Until the last kick, only had one moment where his heart rate would have crept up at all – stretching time to(...)

John O’Shea (centre) of Ireland celebrates after scoring  the late equaliser against world champions Germany in   at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Fredrik Von Erichsen / EPA

Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1It seemed too much to ask for that Ireland might come to Germany’s old mining capital and somehow dig out a result but (...)

Jannik Vestergaard of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrates a goal during the Bundesliga match against SC Freiburg at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. Photo:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

The last leg of the journey to Hoffenheim provides a pretty clear early indication that you are going to a different type of Bundesliga club. Mannh(...)

The scale of the change in German football was underlined by the age profile of their World Cup-winning squad. Two of the players were barely out of t(...)