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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.

Watch: Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante On What It Means To Be Named PFA Player Of The Year

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Jesse Lingard of Manchester United and N'Golo Kante of Chelsea battle for possession during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 16, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

N’Golo Kante was on Sunday night named as the PFA Player of the Year. The France international has followed up on his PFA Team of the Season selection with this prestigious accolade. Kante joined Chelsea last summer for £32 million having helped guide Leicester to a shock Premier League victory last term. Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku …

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Players To Opt For Other Nations Having Represented Ireland

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Bacary Sagna of Manchester City (L) attempts to black Lynden Gooch of Sunderland (R) shot during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Irish football has been long associated with the famous ‘granny rule’. FIFA regulations have served Ireland well with many recruits becoming key players in the past. However, in recent years some players have jumped back to the country of their birth with some Ireland born and raised players even opting to represent other nations. High profile players like Michael Keane, Patrick Bamford …

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What Would A British And Irish Lions Football Squad Look Like?

LENS, FRANCE - JUNE 16: Adam Lallana of England and Aaron Ramsey of Wales compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Wales at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on June 16, 2016 in Lens, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

With the Lions squad recently announced, we take a look at a potential British and Irish football Lions squad.  It is impossible to please every fan with these kinds of selections and is always open to opinion and discussion. The following squad consists of 25 players and tries to involve players from each of the five countries. International form is …

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Leinster Jersey To Be Manufactured By Adidas From Next Season

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Adam Byrne of Leinster runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Leinster at Franklin's Gardens on December 9, 2016 in Northampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Leinster will cut ties with Canterbury at the end of this season according to a report in The Independent. The Irish province will follow in the footsteps of rivals Munster in signing with German-based giants Adidas. The deal with them is set to have a similar clause to Muster where any replica gear will only be available to purchase in Ireland in …

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Watch: St Kevin’s Boys Offer Huge Hope for Irish Football With Genk Victory

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The famous St. Kevin’s football club sent out a gentle reminder of the talent that they nurture at schoolboy level after a fantastic 3-0 victory over their Genk counterparts in the under-13 Academy cup. The Shanowen Road side comfortably dispatched the Belgians 3-0 in the prestigious youth tournament that also contains youth sides from Barcelona, Depotivo La Coruna, West Bromwich Albion and …

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Watch: Aiden McGeady Scores Yet Another Screamer For Preston

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 14: A defeated Aiden McGeady of the Republic of Ireland applauds the crowd after the EURO 2016 Group D Qualifier match between Scotland and Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park on November 14, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Aiden McGeady continued his fine domestic form for Preston by scoring another cracking goal in the Championship. McGeady netted his eight Championship goal of the season as North End went down 3-2 to Huddersfield Town. McGeady has enjoyed a renaissance under Simon Grayson since joining on loan from Everton last summer. McGeady’s form has been particularly impressive since Christmas where …

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Eight Irish-Eligible Wonderkids Based Outside Of Ireland And The UK

Liam Bossin goalkeeper of Rsc Anderlecht pictured during the training session of RSC Anderlecht at the Irene Sportcomplex in Tegelen on juli 10 , 2015 in Tegelen , Netherlands. (Photo by William Van Hecke/Corbis via Getty Images)

Traditionally, Ireland have recruited UK-born players to buffer a small playing pool. The likes of John Aldridge and Andy Townsend are prime examples of Englishmen who proudly became Irish heroes –  but there could be a more exotic twist to Irish teams in years to come. John-Joe Patrick Finn and Zak Gilsenan come to mind when there is any talk of overseas …

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The Inclusions Of Sean Maguire & Cillian Sheridan Are Essential For Ireland Long Term

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 17/3/2017 Shamrock Rovers vs Cork City Cork CityÕs Sean Maguire celebrates scoring a penalty and the winning goal

Martin O’Neill needs to blood the likes of Sean Maguire and Cillian Sheridan to ensure Ireland have a solution to the country’s long term attacking issues. Robbie Keane’s long anticipated retirement last summer brought with it the never-ending concerns that Ireland’s attacking department has entered a critical point. Strangely, Ireland’s current strikers have some of the best goal scoring records …

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James McCarthy Could Miss Ireland’s Tie With Austria

Everton's James McCarthy during Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at White Hart Lane, London, 05 Mar 2017 (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

James McCarthy is already a doubt for Ireland’s clash against Austria in June. According to the Irish Independent, the Everton midfielder could be ruled out for the Dublin clash with his ongoing hamstring injury again playing havoc with his season. McCarthy missed Ireland’s draw against Wales after aggravating the problem during the warm up for the game. The ex-Wigan man …

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