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There Was Only One Name On Everyone’s Lips After Ireland’s Defeat To Turkey

The Republic of Ireland may have fallen to a 1-0 defeat to Turkey in Antalyaspor, but there were still many positives to take away from Martin O’Neill’s side on an experimental occasion.

Many unfamiliar names took to the field for Ireland – with Scott Hogan and Declan Rice making debuts, and Sean Maguire, Colin Doyle and Alan Browne also handed starts for the friendly.

Although Mehmat Topal’s goal proved the difference – there was only one thing fans wanted to talk about after the game, and that was the performance of debutant Rice.

The 19-year-old was named Man of the Match by RTÉ for an assuring display both in defence and midfield, and with his name trending on Twitter – many supporters took to social media to sing the youngster’s praises, after a performance that has provided plenty of hope for the future:

Let’s hope that time flies from an Irish perspective – so the West Ham youngster makes a competitive cap which quashes rumours of a potential England bow.

If one thing looks a certainty – it’s that this performance will do him no harm in future.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Author: Jordan Norris

Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through [email protected] .