Only a win will do against Austria, Martin O’Neill tells Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill wants his side to be positive and focus on beating Austria
• Jon Walters recovers from a knee problem and could captain Ireland

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland players not to take a backward step as they strive to reach next year’s World Cup and knock one of their main rivals, Austria, out of the running. The teams face off in Dublin on Sunday in a match of pivotal importance in one of Europe’s most competitive groups.

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