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O’Neill Names Ireland Squad For Upcoming Games

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Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 36 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming games against Scotland and USA.

Starting away, Scotland host Ireland in a EURO 2016 qualifier on Friday, November 14 at 7.45pm, before Ireland take on the USA in Aviva Stadium in a Three International Friendly on November 18.

The squad will be shortened ahead of meeting up on November 10. Continue reading

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Quartet Return To First Post Trapattoni Ireland Squad

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Noel King today announced a provisional 26 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Germany on October 11 in Cologne, and Kazakhstan on October 15 in Aviva Stadium.

The squad will be shortened ahead of the fixtures in order to facilitate injuries with both Robbie Brady and Jon Walters struggling with injury. Continue reading

Conservative Trap Names Predictable Euro 2012 Squad

“It has not been easy choosing 23 players because we have many other very good players who deserve to be here.”  The words used by the wily tactician that is Giovanni Trapattoni as he announced his squad for the 2012 European Championships. Despite the Ireland manager’s quotes to the context, it would have been a difficult decision to decide the vast majority of the players who are now in the squad.

At half three yesterday the Italian announced his squad for Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign. The squad featured: 

Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Sean St. Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Stephen Ward, Stephen Kelly, Kevin Foley, Glenn Whelan, Darren Gibson, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt, James McClean, Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Simon Cox, Shane Long, Jonathan Walters.

Standby: Darren Randolph, Paul McShane, Paul Green, Seamus Coleman, Andy Keogh.

The phrase “as expected” comes to mind when describing the squad, which is far from a bad thing. Continuity is a necessity at international level, something Trapattoni and his team have done right over his tenure as Republic of Ireland manager.

The first 11 picks itself, Given, O’Shea, Dunne, St.Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whealan, McGeady, Keane, Doyle. The squad members are there to be used but only if necessary. The likes of James McClean, Stephen Hunt, Jonathan Walters, Shane Long and Simon Cox will have a good chance of getting on the pitch in Poland with the latter trio more then likely to replace Kevin Doyle after he runs himself into the ground. But aside from that, injuries not withstanding there will be very little change in the team.

James McCarthy will be one player who will not be on the plane to Poland after announcing his decision to withdraw from consideration after his father was diagnosed with cancer. “I have made the very difficult decision to withdraw my name from selection from the Euro 2012 squad following the diagnosis of my father with cancer and an ongoing requirement for treatment” he stated.

“I have discussed this with the manager. He was very understanding and I thank him sincerely for that.”I take this opportunity to re-affirm my complete commitment to playing for the Republic of Ireland, It is a huge honour and source of great pride for me and my family.”

He went on to wish his teammates luck stating “despite not being present, I would like to wish the manager and my team-mates every success at the tournament and hope that Irish fans can understand the reason for my decision at this difficult time.”

Ireland’s Euro 2012 campaign starts on Sunday June 10th in Poznan when the Republic of Ireland takes on Croatia. Four days later on June 14th they take on world and European Champions Spain in Gdansk. The final fixture takes place on Monday June 18th when the boys in green take on Italy.

Has Trapattoni got his squad right? Will the team be good enough to compete with Spain, Italy and Croatia? Can the team advance beyond the group stage? All interesting questions all will be answered next month.

Young Irish Abroad #3 Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick’s start as a Rams player will leave him in the hearts of Derby County fans forever. The young Dubliner scored a 72nd minute winner against bitter rivals Nottingham Forest in September, when the Derby team only had ten men.

Hendrick, who will turn 20 in the New Year, has made 22 senior appearances for Derby, scoring twice. Although he is still relatively inexperienced, he would have gained some experience in the recent under-19 championships during the summer, where the Irish team were knocked out by eventual champions Spain.

The Rams youngster is a busy midfielder, with an eye for a pass and a strength of positioning, which would be invaluable in Giovanni Trapattoni`s` team. His performance and goal in a local derby against Forest with just ten men was testament to his ability to play under pressure, which again against a big side would be a plus.

He began his Derby career as a youth and signed professional terms in the summer of 2010, after making an appearance in the final league game of that season against Cardiff.  His performances to date have seen him attract interest from the Premiership in the shape of Aston Villa and West Brom, both who possess current Irish talents, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Shane Long.

Another positive feature to his game is the way he has turned in impressive performances against other quality central midfielders. In the Forest derby, he came toe-to-toe with former Irish international and Andy Reid, as well as Champions League winner Jonathan Greening. He has also faced off with Kevin Nolan, Papa Bouba Diop and Julio Arca, all proven Premier League players. What’s more is that Hendrick has kept Paul Green, a player TrapaTtoni favoured in his early days, out of the Derby team.

Hendrick has represented Ireland at all levels bar senior, and was shortlisted for under-17 player of the year in 2010. He scored the only goal in a one nil win against Poland under 19s in 2010 to secure qualification for the under 19 championships, where he played in all the games. After that tournament he was called into Noel King’s under-21 team, and has made three appearances to date.

Hendrick is definitely a talent to be reckoned with, maybe not for the EURO 2012 campaign but most definitely for the World Cup Qualifiers, along with Robbie Brady and Barry Maguire, the previous two young stars.

Boys In Green Back To The Grindstone

After the euphoria of qualifying for Euro 2012 on home soil on Tuesday night, the Republic of Ireland players were back to the grindstone at their British clubs this afternoon.
Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni will be delighted to see a number of his squad get on the scoresheet in a day of mixed fortunes for the Boys in Green.
Tallinn goal hero Jonathan Walters kept his fine form going for Stoke with an eight minute goal that gave his team an early lead in a five-goal thriller with QPR.
Unfortunately for Walters his cool early strike failed to ignite a Potters win as they fell to an uncharacteristic 3-2 home defeat.
Fresh from his first competitive international outing in two years during the celebrations in Dublin on Tuesday, winger Stephen Hunt also notched up a goal with a penalty for Wolves against Everton at Goodison Park.
However a Toffees comeback meant Hunt also finished on the losing side as the under-pressure Merseysiders claimed a 2-1 win over former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy’s men.
There was better news for the returning Shane Long, who had the heartbreak of missing out on Ireland’s historic 5-1 play-off win over Estonia through injury.
Striker Long returned to the West Brom side for the first time in four weeks and marked his comeback with a brilliantly headed winner to seal a 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
Meanwhile, in Scotland, Celtic striker Anthony Stokes did his best to gain Trap’s attention by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Inverness.
The Dubliner has been out of favour with the Irish boss since failing to turn up for a summer tournament, but will be hoping to regain a place in the 23-man that will eventually travel to Poland and Ukraine next June.
Stokes is now Celtic’s leading league goalscorer with nine goals to his name as the Hoops desperately try to overhaul arch rivals Rangers commanding ten point lead at the top of the SPL.
Elsewhere, Trapattoni will have been delighted at the return to action of Derby midfielder Paul Green, who came on as a second half sub for the Rams in their Championship clash with Hull.
Green was very much in favour with the Italian during the early stages of Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, before succumbing to a devastating knee cruciate injury which had kept him out of the game for the past nine months.
But Green, who has earned nine Irish caps and scored a goal on his debut in a 3-0 friendly win over Algeria, played the last eight minutes today as derby crashed to a 2-0 home defeat.
His return from injury could well provide Trapattoni with another midfield option as he outs together his final Euro 2012 squad together over the coming six months.

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