Darren Gibson and Shane Duffy led the charge. They trundled down the road from Belfast to Dublin and into the eye of a footballing storm. As James McClean becomes the latest to declare for the Republic having previously turned out for the North, one player has decided he won’t be joining them.
James McClean-mania has reached fever pitch in some quarters but Giovanni Trapattoni is not going to drastically change tactics at this point. The amount of previews of the Czech game suggesting McClean would start on the left were scarcely credible and against everything we have learned from the Trap era.
We hope James McClean gets his chance against the Czech Republic and goes all Yippee Kay Olé on their asses.
In the final part of our look at the state of the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Euro 2012, Spud Watch finds a new role for Kevin Kilbane and ponders the unthinkable; Stephen Ireland should phone home.
Richard Dunne has been named FAI Senior Player of the Year joining Irish legend and deity Paul McGrath by winning the gong for a second time, a feat also achieved by Roy Keane and Shay Given.
Roy Keane, the man who once said he’d rather sit in a dentist’s chair than on a panel of television experts, has now completed his move to the Dark Side by signing as a newspaper columnist for Sunday paper.
A potential disaster looms for Ireland with the news that Richard Dunne has emerged as a doubt for Euro 2012. The Aston Villa defender is set to miss the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone in the recent Premier League clash against Manchester City.
The FAI International awards take place this weekend.What will it say about Giovanni Trapattoni if Seamus Coleman wins Young Player of the Year? A footballer the Italian wouldn’t have on the bench as he was putting Gareth Bale and a string of Premier League full-backs in his pocket, could be looking at the trophy on his Donegal mantelpiece while Ireland are in action in Poland.
In the third part of our look at the state of the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of Euro 2012, Spud Watch reveals how Glenn Whelan will stop Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Alonso this summer, says people should lay off Kevin Doyle, and discusses how, even at his age, Trap practices safe sex.
Galvin Klein “At least Matt Holland managed to wear a shirt at a major tournament. Joey Barton supposedly ‘leaks’ the kit England will be wearing when they crash out of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals at the hands of Ireland.”