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Leon McSweeney

Leon McSweeney
Leon McSweeney is a former professional footballer. He has been involved in elite football since 2001 having previously played for Cork City, Stockport County and Hartlepool United amongst others. He's an FAI Cup winner and League 2 Play-Off winner. You can read more of Leon's articles via his personal blog, SweeneyMc83's Blog.You can also follow him on Twitter via @LeonMcSweeney.

Opinion: Reluctantly Irish? It’s Time We Focus Entirely On Developing Our Own Talent

BELGRADE, SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Head coach Martin O'Neill of Ireland reacts during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Serbia and Ireland at stadium Rajko Mitic on September 5, 2016 in Belgrade. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Why do we bend over backwards to accommodate the ‘reluctant Irish’? Time after time, every effort is afforded to coax individuals to play for the Republic of Ireland when their heart quite clearly belongs to another land. It’s time we start developing the next Robbie Keane and Damien Duff rather than be preoccupied converting other nation’s also rans. There’s something …

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