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Nick Menezes

Nick Menezes
Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.

James McClean To Celebrate His 50th Cap By Captaining Ireland Vs Mexico

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: Ireland player James McClean in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

James McClean will captain Ireland in Friday’s friendly against Mexico, according to The Irish Independent. The 28-year-old is due to win his 50th cap for his country in what has been an emotional year for the Derryman. McClean is Ireland’s top goalscorer in World Cup qualifying so far, scoring two against Moldova and hitting the crucial winner against Austria in Vienna. …

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What Huddersfield’s Championship Promotion Means For The Ireland Team

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Sean Scannell of Huddersfield Town during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic at John Smith's Stadium on November 28, 2016 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

With Huddersfield crowned Championship playoff champions for 2017, the promotion race is complete. Like every year, the Irish interest was strong in the promotion campaign and we examine the players at Martin O’Neill’s disposal who can now call themselves Premier League players. It is great to see a Premier League newcomer in Huddersfield town but it bodes a little badly …

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Food For Thought: Could James McClean Make The Ideal Left-Back?

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

James McClean has been the talisman of this World Cup qualifying campaign. Three goals and some heroic performances have inspired his teammates and put his country into a favourable position at the mid-point at the qualifiers.  Top scorer for Ireland in this campaign, his defensive qualities have often been forgotten with a number of crunching tackles an ever improving feature …

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The Irish XI That Should Start Against Mexico

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 28: Martin O'Neill, coach of Republic of Ireland gives instructions during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Ireland take on Mexico in New Jersey in just a few short days and Martin O’Neill named a condensed 19-man squad for the stateside visit. The squad consists mainly of Ireland’s Championship contingent with the exception of Darren Randolph and James McClean who were added to the squad following the Fota Island training camp. Mexico will bring an experienced side …

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Ireland Keeper David Forde Released By Millwall

UEFA European Championship Qualifier, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia 7/9/2014 Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's David Forde dejected after Georgia's goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ireland keeper David Forde has been released by Millwall following their promotion to the Championship according to BBC Sport. The Galweigen spent the season with Portsmouth, helping them to promotion in League 1 where he has an array of experience. Forde joined the Lions in 2008 from Cardiff City and was one game away from reaching 300 appearances for the London club. …

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Five Players Who Should Have Been Capped While Playing In The League of Ireland

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Dundalk 30/10/2015 Dundalk vs Bray Wanderers Dundalk's Richie Towell celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Sean Maguire’s continued exclusion from the Ireland squad has created one of the latest calls for a players inclusion into the Ireland squad. Every squad announcement is met with disappointment due to the absence of at least one individual deserved of an opportunity to shine. League of Ireland players tend to fit this description on many occasions where in the past, …

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Ireland International Greg Cunningham Linked With Cardiff City Move

during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Preston North End at Craven Cottage on March 4, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

Wales Online report that Cardiff City are weighing up a move for Preston and Ireland left-back Greg Cunningham. Cunningham, who is currently injured with a fractured leg, was one of Preston’s key performers this season which followed on from his Preston Player of the Year award in 2016. His form seems to have captured the eye of Neil Warnock whose side finished level …

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