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Greenlight: Dara O’Shea On Captaining Ireland & Vidic Comparisons

In this edition of the Greenlight series, we spoke to Dara O’Shea who opened up on captaining Ireland, life on loan at Exeter and being a part of West Brom’s talented youth academy. “If you imagine the Ferdinand/Vidic partnership at Manchester United, Dara is very much the Vidic.” _____ 20-year old centre-back Dara O’Shea is in a unique position. With Ireland, he …

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Greenlight: Bayern’s Ryan Johansson: “My Heart Was Drawn To Ireland”

“It’s an unusual position to be in,” says 18-year-old Bayern Munich prospect Ryan Johansson of his multi-national eligibility. “The biggest thing in all of this is that it’s not really that relatable.” _____ To suggest that 2018 was a sombre year for Irish football would be putting it mildly. One win, four goals, Nations League relegation, a managerial sacking, and …

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Greenlight: For Aiden O’Brien ‘Irishness’ Was Never A Decision, It Was Natural

So often when it comes to ‘Granny Rule’ players and the Irish national team, many assume the situation is black and white. “We should be picking Irish born players who want to play for Ireland!” “He’s only picking Ireland because he’s not good enough for England!” Familiar cries of foul when talk of an English born footballer representing the country …

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Greenlight: Darren Randolph On Tough Year With Boys In Green

Pundit Arena sat down with Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who opened up on his international career, a difficult year with the Boys in Green and sympathising with Declan Rice. ______ It is said that the goalkeeper is the most lonely man on the football pitch. Former Celtic and Poland stopper Arthur Boruc once quipped that “being a goalkeeper is like …

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Greenlight: Aaron Connolly On Hughton, Hoffenheim & Irish Expectations

Pundit Arena caught up with Brighton’s underage hitman, Aaron Connolly, to discuss life under Chris Hughton, Irish ambitions and those Hoffenheim rumours. _____ “The Republic of Ireland have really struggled for goals since Robbie Keane retired,” is a narrative that Irish football fans are far too familiar with. Four matches in a row without scoring, 0.4 average goals per game …

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