With the European Championship in France approaching ever faster, Adam Murphy takes a look back at one of the best individual performances seen in a green shirt in recent times. It didn’t come in a major tournament, however, rather a cold September evening in Moscow in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Richard Dunne has been omitted from the Irish squad for the friendly clash with Wales in Cardiff. The new QPR signing’s return could depend on how much game-time he sees at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane has not been asked to fly in from the States, and there’s another chance for Anthony Pilkington. Stephen Quinn is rewarded for his impressive display against Spain and is named in the squad for the August 15 friendly.
It is one of Ireland’s most famous footballing nurseries producing some of the country’s greatest internationals such as Johnny Carey, Liam Whelan, Liam Brady, Ronnie Whelan, and Richard Dunne. Now Dublin’s Home Farm FC is the focus of Premier Ambitions, a behind-the-scenes documentary series airing on Setanta Sports.
This time last year, there were high hopes of transfer movement for Irish stars struggling at club level. A European Championship loomed on the horizon, a competition Marco Tardelli said could serve as a shop window for the Republic squad. The demand for our stars failed to materialise and Poland saw the shop bankrupt. This time however, it’s form players and old reliables that are attracting attention.
Sat disconsolate, arms barely propping himself up on the Stade de France turf, Richard Dunne was joined by the villain of the piece, Thierry Henry. ‘The Cheat of St Denis,’ as dubbed by George Hamilton, offered his hand to the Irish colossus, a recognition of the heartbreak he and his countrymen had visited upon the gallant Irish in Paris in 2009. As fate would have it, are the two to be reunited as team-mates at New York Red Bulls?
The nation will be holding its breath that hero Richard Dunne returns to full fitness ahead of our dates with destiny in the summer. The Honey Monster gave his seal of approval to our limited edition Póg Mo Goal T-shirts.
It’s not an April Fools’ joke that Stephen Ireland is seriously considering ending his self-imposed exile from international duty.
Yet the Corkman can’t help but contradict himself every step of the way.
While most of the globe celebrates all things Irish in March, Four Four Two made a major boo-boo this month. The normally respected publication dedicated their entire issue to foreign players in the Premier League and omitted all Irish entries.
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.
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.