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Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic with a worrying obsession with the Irish Football Team. His articles focus on the Irish football team and some light hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting X1s

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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The Candidates To Replace Robbie Brady’s Creativity Against Wales

Transfer Premier League 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Georgia Ireland's Robbie Brady

With Robbie Brady suspended for Ireland’s showdown with Wales at the Aviva stadium, Martin O’Neill will be considering several options to step in for the Burnley man. Robbie Brady started at left back in Vienna and it is likely that Stephen Ward will replace the 25-year-old in a straight swap against Wales. However, some shuffling may be required to accommodate …

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Five Talking Points From Martin O’Neill’s Ireland Squad Announcement

Republic Of Ireland Press Conference, Three HQ, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 13/3/2017 Manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O’Neill named a 39-man provisional Republic of Ireland squad on Monday for the upcoming international matches against Wales and Iceland, which has created a number of talking points. 1.A strong squad of in-form players Martin O’Neill has a tendency to pick large provisional squads leading up to games and this 39 man selection is no different. However, this might …

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A Potential Ireland B Team That Would Give Martin O’Neill Some Food For Thought

February 25th 2017, Preston, Lancashire, England; Skybet Championship football, Preston North End versus Queens Park Rangers; Preston North End's Daryl Horgan crosses the ball (Photo by Tim Williams/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With Ireland’s crunch tie against Wales fast approaching, Martin O’Neill will name his provisional squad this week. Provisional tends to be the key word when the Derryman reveals the consistently long list of players selected for international duty. It is usually a 40-man panel, reduced to 27 and then 23 for the match day. O’Neill is a loyal manager, meaning …

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Ciaran Clark Adds To Ireland Boss Martin O’Neill’s Injury Concerns

Shane Duffy with Ciaran Clark 9/10/2016

Ciaran Clark, as well as James McCarthy, have emerged as injury concerns for Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in just under two weeks’ time. Clark was taken off just after the hour mark as his side, Newcastle, went down to Fulham at home this weekend. The 27-year-old has been ever present at the back for Ireland during this qualifying campaign and would be …

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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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