Sadly, it was inevitable. They’d hovered at the bottom since early in the season and finally the Gary Breen XI have dropped to the foot of the Copa del Póg Mo Goal table. Perhaps there’s a reason Trapattoni won’t watch our players in the Premier League. They’re not very good.
It had all started so brightly. Elder statesman Damien Duff’s goal against Norwich saw him claim the highest points for an Irish player on the opening weekend of the season.
Since then, however, it’s been Jon Walters and Shane Long carrying the Irish selection. Long grabbed goals against the likes of Chelsea and Man City while Johhny Walters had Gary Neville waxing lyrical about his set-piece wizardry with Glenn Whelan from last weekend.
Yet the team is now wallowing at the foot of the table, but with the games coming fast and furious over the festive season, the Irish might just give their supporters and international manager a timely present.