Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni says his side can still qualify for the World Cup despite their 6-1 defeat to Germany in Dublin on Friday.
The visitors produced a ruthless display to cruise to victory and leave Ireland third in the group with three points from two games.
Italian Trapattoni does not believe his job is under threat and says he is proud of the commitment his players have shown him since he took over.
Ireland’s next match is away to the Faroe Islands and three points will be crucial for Trapattoni’s men but when asked if that game was vital to his job the 73-year-old told Sky Sports News: “No.”
“It’s a long way to Tipperary. Germany have gone, but we are in there fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification. Why not?
“The players have to answer us and I am sure they can. We need to see their commitment in a very important situation here.
“I am proud of those players because their commitment is full, 100 per cent. I don’t accept players without this commitment.”
The former Italy coach looked helpless on the sidelines as his team were picked apart by a classy German outfit, but he reiterated that his desire to be a success in the Irish hot-seat is as strong as ever.
“I am proud of this team and the results it has achieved. It’s not about money – it’s about pride and being professional in my job. I was in four countries and I won in every country,” he said.