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The Republic Of Ireland ‘Granny Rule’ XI

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One criticism that often gets thrown at the Ireland soccer team is the number of players that are born in the UK or beyond who represent the Boys in Green.

These players are eligible to represent Martin O’Neill’s side through what is known as the ‘Granny Rule’. While it is not as controversial as rugby’s ‘Residency Rule’, the Granny Rule isn’t universally popular.

We know there is a depth of talent in Irish soccer, this is evident in our inter-provincial XIs.

However, there are players born to Irish parents in other parts of the world who feel just as Irish as anyone else. This is a collection of the best players who could line out for the Republic of Ireland despite not being born here.


Granny Rule XI

Finally, we have pooled together a team of Granny Rule players. All have proud routes within the four provinces and would provide a very strong outfit.

Subs: Kieran Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Alex Pearce (Derby County), Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City), Conor Ronan (Wolves), David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Manager: Mick McCarthy

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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.