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Ireland Keeper David Forde Released By Millwall

UEFA European Championship Qualifier, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 7/9/2014 Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's David Forde dejected after Georgia's goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

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Ireland keeper David Forde has been released by Millwall following their promotion to the Championship according to BBC Sport.

The Galweigen spent the season with Portsmouth, helping them to promotion in League 1 where he has an array of experience. Forde joined the Lions in 2008 from Cardiff City and was one game away from reaching 300 appearances for the London club.

Forde had fallen out of favour in recent times with a combination of poor form and the emergence of Jordan Archer essentially ending his time with the club. Forde was voted Millwall’s player of the season in 2014 and was a fan favourite.

Forde won his first Ireland cap in 2011 and was part of his countries squad at Euro 2012. The former Galway United stopper finally got a break for Ireland in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign. Although Ireland failed to qualify, Forde who was a late bloomer at international level was one of Ireland’s stand out performers.

However his poor form and eventual dropping by Millwall collided with Shay Givens return to international football and Forde lost his place as Ireland’s number one. He eventually found refuge with Pompey and performed well for Paul Cook’s side this term alongside fellow Irishmen Michael Doyle and Enda Stevens who too have since departed the club.

Forde’s international and football League experience could land him an understudy role with and English club. Due to turn 38 in December, it is unclear if the 24-times capped keeper will prolong his career.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.