Ahead of his final match for Ireland on Saturday night, John O’Shea has recalled one of his finest moments in the green jersey.
The Sunderland defender did not score many goals in his 17-year international career (just three, in fact), but one of his strikes has gone down as one of the most memorable in the nation’s history.
It was of course, the last-gasp equaliser in a Euro 2016 qualifier against world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen in 2014, securing a 1-1 that would prove crucial in the eventual qualification for the finals in France/.
Speaking to the RTE’s Saturday Sport ahead of his 118th and finall appearance against USA, O’Shea described the experience, on his 100th cap, as ‘incredible.’
“Incredible, incredible…the goal was so special.
“On my 100th cap, to get an equaliser practically with the last kick of the game but because of what it meant as well in qualifying, the momentum, it kept us going.
“To do it away in Germany against the world champions was an incredible feeling. It wasn’t too shabby a finish as well, the player I got in front [Mats Hummels] of and the keeper [Manuel Neuer] wasn’t bad either so all of those things together, the reaction, the videos.
“It was just an amazing night and it’s something I was very fortunate to be part of. It will live long in the memory.”
The 37-year-old also gave a fine performance in the reverse fixture in the Aviva, in which Ireland recorded an even more impressive 1-0 victory, before going on to represent the nation at Euro 2016.