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Ralph Hassenhuttl Heaps Praise On Irish Underage International

Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl was full of praise for Irish U19 international Will Smallbone following the 20-year-old’s recent immersion into the Saints’ first team. Smallbone was handed his first Premier League start for Southampton in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa and impressed with his assured display in the middle of the park. The Irish U19 international could feature once …

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Shane Long Admits Ireland Squad Omission Was “Killer Blow”

Shane Long has admitted that his recent omission from Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland squad was a ‘killer blow’ But the Southampton striker outlined that he has not fallen out with the Ireland manager. Long has yet to feature for his country since McCarthy took over the role at the beginning of 2019, and has yet to even be included …

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Shane Long Back In Ireland Contention Ahead Of Slovakia Playoff

Mick McCarthy has outlined that Southampton striker Shane Long is “pushing all the right buttons” ahead of Ireland’s crucial playoff against Slovakia in March. Long scored for the Saints in their FA Cup defeat to Tottenham in midweek and has found himself back in form under Ralph Hasenhuttl featuring in the club’s last seven games in all competitions. The 33-year-old …

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Michael Obafemi Cracker Gives Southampton Lead Over Chelsea

Irish striker Michael Obafemi scored his first Premier League goal of the season to give Southampton a first half lead over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Making just his third league start of the campaign, the 19-year-old opened the scoring for the Saints with his second goal in all competitions this season. Obafemi received the ball from Pierre-Emile Holjberg, turned and …

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Michael Obafemi Sets Up Goal With Stunning Pass in EFL Cup Win Over Portsmouth

Michael Obafemi

Michael Obafemi showed his playmaking abilities with a wonderful assist for Southampton on Tuesday night. The Republic of Ireland forward started for the Saints in their EFL Cup tie against Portsmouth, the first south-coast derby since 2012. Southampton won the third-round tie 4-0 at Fratton Park. Danny Ings (2), Cedric Soares and Nathan Redmond got the goals and Obafemi set …

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Mick McCarthy Seemingly Quick To Dismiss Unproven Michael Obafemi

Irish manager Mick McCarthy admitted that Southampton striker Michael Obafemi is unproven as he assesses his 40-man provisional squad ahead of the games against Switzerland and Bulgaria. McCarthy selected a large panel which will be cut down to 23 over the next couple of weeks and it includes ten forwards, including Obafemi. The 19-year-old has yet to feature in a …

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Redmond Named In England Squad As Hope Of Irish Switch Fades

Nathan Redmond Michael Obafemi

Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League finals with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond making the 27 man selection. Redmond has had an excellent season with the Saints and the 24-year old had been reportedly scouted by Irish manager Mick McCarthy thanks to the Irish connections on his mother’s side. He had been called up to …

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Michael Obafemi On Kenny & 21s: I Think We’ll Be Working Together Soon

Ireland and Southampton striker Michael Obafemi has outlined that his immediate international future may lie with Stephen Kenny’s U21s when the 18-year-old returns from injury. Obafemi is eligible to play for Stephen Kenny’s side as well as Tom Mohan’s exciting U19s who have reached the this summer’s European Championships in Armenia. The striker, however, has also been capped at senior …

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Michael Obafemi: “I Lost The Ball & He Screamed At Me For Five Minutes”

Southampton and Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has opened up on his experience working under former assistant manager Roy Keane during his first international call-up last November. Obafemi, one of Irish football’s brightest talents, was included in Martin O’Neill’s senior squad for the games against Northern Ireland and Denmark last year. The 18-year old made his debut during the last 10 …

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