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Josh Cullen: ‘Once I Committed To Ireland I Was Fully Committed’

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Josh Cullen has been called into the Ireland squad for Mick McCarthy’s big return against Georgia and Gibraltar. The West Ham academy product, currently on loan at Charlton Athletic has previously captained Ireland at U21 level despite being born in England. However, unlike another high-profile West Ham academy product who plied his trade with Ireland before defecting to England, Cullen …

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Strachan On Declan Rice Situation: “Unfair To Use A Nation For International Football”

Gordon Strachan believes any player showing a hint of unwillingness to declare for a country should be shown the door. Speaking to Pundit Arena on Tuesday, the former Scotland boss shared his own experience with indecisive players when quizzed about the Declan Rice situation. Strachan was as steadfast as ever, referencing a number of incidents when he was at the …

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Gordon Strachan On Bizarre Dream Which Led To Robbie Keane Signing

Former Scotland and Coventry manager Gordon Strachan’s dreams came through in 1999 when he signed striker Robbie Keane for the Sky Blues as a teenager. Keane had burst on the scene in English football with Wolves as an 18-year-old and had been attracting attention from the likes of Manchester United thanks to his impressive displays. It was, however, Coventry City …

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Stevens On Jack Byrne: Bigger The Occasion The Better He Will Play

Sheffield United and Ireland defender Enda Stevens is confident that domestic call-up Jack Byrne will be a strong addition to the 23-man squad as the Boys in Green prepare for their games against Gibraltar and Georgia. The Rovers midfielder was drafted into the squad to replace Callum O’Dowda, who suffered an injury playing for his club Bristol City, becoming the …

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Five Irish Players With A Point To Prove Under Mick McCarthy

Last week Mick McCarthy decided on his final 23-man squad for Ireland’s European qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. The new Irish boss will have a difficult decision over his starting XI as the Boys in Green look to qualify for their third European Championships in a row. Among McCarthy’s squad are a handful of players with a point to prove, …

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McCarthy Full Of Praise For “Outstanding” Jack Byrne Ahead Of Qualifiers

On Sunday, Mick McCarthy drafted Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne into his 23-man Irish squad for the upcoming European qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. Byrne replaced injured Bristol City midfielder Callum O’Dowda who withdrew from the squad following a knee injury. The Rovers midfielder becomes the first Irish-based player Mick McCarthy has ever selected as part of an international squad …

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MacKenna On Monday: Liverpool, A Rose Among Football’s Many Thorns

Back in November, after Virgil van Dijk had scored the Netherlands’ last-gasp equaliser against Germany in the Nations League, what followed quickly took over in terms of both headlines and chatter. Well-known now due to the reaction then, he went to referee Ovidiu Hategan at the final whistle, put his arms around him, and offered the weeping official his sincere …

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Champions League Draw: Spurs Draw City In Quarter-Finals

The draw for the 2019 Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals has taken place with one all England tie to look forward to.  Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City were all in the bowls alongside Barcelona, Ajax, Porto and Juventus. It is the first time since 2009 that four English Premier League sides have made it to the …

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Mick McCarthy: Patrick Bamford Wants To Focus On Club Career

Patrick Bamford has told Mick McCarthy that he wants to focus on his club career for now, as high-flying Leeds look to secure promotion to the Premier League. Mick McCarthy addressed the assembled media at FAI HQ today at the launch of the FAI’s new partnership with sports betting company, Sport Pesa, and much to the disappointment of Ireland fans, …

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