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How Will Martin O’Neill Line Ireland Up Against Wales?

Martin O'Neill Ireland

Martin O’Neills squad selection signalled the start of the build up to Ireland’s qualifier against Wales on March 24th. A 39 provisional squad was announced with that number to be trimmed to a match-day 23 with some of the players not involved possibly taking to the pitch against Iceland. The Ireland manager will be forced into change from the side …

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Michael O’Neill Hits Out At FAI’s Recruitment Of Northern Ireland Underage Stars

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 11: Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on November 11, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Michael O’Neill’s has expressed his disappointment with the FAI over their pursuit for young Northern Irish players. His comments come in the wake of Jordan McEneff’s debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s. The Arsenal youth and his brother, Aaron of Derry City, both recently switched their international allegiances from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland. “We know we will …

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Which PL Relegations Would Have The Biggest Impact On The Ireland Team?

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: John O'Shea of Sunderland reacts during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Sunderland at Bet365 Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having looked at the best outcome for the Republic of Ireland national team resulting from potential Premier League promotions, we now look at the scenario for Irish players in the relegation scrap. In the past the relegation of Reading, Wolves and Hull has wiped out a large proportion of Irishmen from the top flight. Last season, three regulars in Rob Elliot, Wes Hoolahan …

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Opinion: Is Stephen Ward Ireland’s Most Improved Player Of 2016?

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Georgia Ireland's Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward has been a much maligned figure by Ireland fans in recent years. However the past eighteen months have marked a huge improvement for the Burnley fullback. Although he is far from the complete package, he has made many positive changes to his overall game. Ward endured much criticism in the later stages of Giovanni Trappatoni’s reign as Ireland …

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Ireland Left-Back Crisis A Worry Ahead Of Bosnia Tie

Dennis Irwin, Ian Harte, John O’Shea. Where have all the left backs gone? The left back position for Ireland was in safe hands for the best part of 20 years. However, things have dried up, and as evidenced on Friday night, it is the one area where Ireland are truly vulnerable. On Friday night in the fog of Zenica, Stephen …

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The Starting XI Martin O’Neill Should Pick Against Poland

With Ireland needing a draw at the very least to keep hopes of qualification alive, there is much debate surrounding what team Martin O’Neill will select for Sunday night. Here, Brian Barry offers the XI he would start with to beat Poland. Formation 4-4-2. _____ Goalkeeper: Kieren Westwood In what has traditionally been an easy call for Ireland managers, O’Neill finds …

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O’Neill Finalises Ireland Squad For Scotland & USA

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has today finalised his 27-man squad ahead of Ireland’s friendly clash with the USA on the 18th of November as well as the Euro 2016 qualifying tie against Scotland this Friday.  Ireland have been hit by some late and worrying injury news. Midfield star James McCarthy is a doubt ahead of the game and Stoke …

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Ireland Vs Germany: Player Ratings

John O’Shea’s 93rd minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw for Ireland in what will surely feel like a win for Martin O’Neill’s men. It was a night that will go down in the annals of Irish soccer; Garbhan Madigan rates the performances of the boys in green in Gelsenkirchen. _____ David Forde Forde could do nothing about the goal as the …

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The Starting XI Martin O’Neill Should Pick vs Germany

Brian Barry chooses the team he believes should line out for the Republic of Ireland against Germany on Tuesday. Ireland travel to Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday on the back of a 7-0 drubbing of minnows Gibraltar. The Irish have a 100% win record so far during this campaign and face a German side that will be chomping at the bit following …

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Republic Of Ireland’s Expected Starting XI Against Georgia

With the Republic of Ireland having started a second string side against Oman, we look at the possible starting eleven that Martin O’ Neill will deploy for the important European Championship Qualifier away to Georgia on Sunday. GK: David Forde Shay Given’s pedigree is undisputed but, as he just back in the International set-up following retirement, it would be unfair to …

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Is This Ireland’s Euro 2016 Starting XI?

Plans are now underway for Euro 2016, and Ireland will be hoping for two things; qualification and progression. Here to discuss Ireland’s Euro 2016 side is Brian Barry. Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can learn a lot when looking at the minnows who excelled at the World Cup. The likes of Iran, Greece, Costa Rica and USA all exceeded expectations …

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