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FAI Announces Three-Player Shortlist For Ireland International Player Of The Year

The FAI has released details of nominations for the Ireland International Football Awards – including nominations for International Player of the Year.

The senior award, won by Jonathan Walters last year, is headed (to no great surprise) by Robbie Brady, Seamus Coleman and Jeff Hendrick, all of whom impressed at Euro 2016 and the months after.

Brady made himself an Irish legend in France last year with the late goal against Italy that sealed Ireland’s place in the last sixteen of the competition. He then went on to open the scoring after just two minutes with a penalty against the French hosts and has since become a huge player in Martin O’Neill’s starting eleven.

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 26: Robbie Brady of Republic of Ireland celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between France and Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Coleman, meanwhile, has been handed the honour of becoming Ireland captain to succeed the retired Robbie Keane. The Everton right-back showed exactly what the new-found sense of responsibility has done to his game by dragging the side to three points against Georgia last Autumn with a goal in the second half.

And finally, Hendrick saw his reputation rise at Euro 2016 to the point where Burnley made him their record signing in August (a mantle since taken by Brady). The midfielder is a mainstay of the Irish starting eleven and continues to grow in stature at both club and international level.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Jeff Hendrick of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Brady and Hendrick have also been nominated for Young Player of the Year award, wherein they are joined by Brighton defender Shane Duffy.

Senior International Player of the Year
Robbie Brady
Seamus Coleman
Jeff Hendrick

Young International Player of the Year
Robbie Brady
Shane Duffy
Jeff Hendrick

Brady can expect a busy night in Dublin this Sunday (March 19th) as he has also been nominated for Goal of the Year, for that now-famous header against Italy. He will go up against Wes Hoolahan’s half-volley against Sweden in the opening game of the tournament and James McClean’s brilliantly-taken effort against Austria in November.

International Goal of the Year
Robbie Brady v Italy (UEFA EURO 2016)
Wes Hoolahan v Sweden (UEFA EURO 2016)
James McClean v Austria (2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier)

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
INPHO/Ryan Byrne
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Callum O’Dowda, a regular member of the senior squad, has been nominated for Under-21 Player of the Year. The highly-rated Bristol City midfielder will go up against Everton’s Harry Charsley and Josh Cullen of West Ham for the award.

Former Dundalk duo Andy Boyle and Daryl Horgan, now in the Championship with Preston North End, will battle it out with Cork City striker Sean Maguire for the title of SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year. Stephen Kenny’s side will also be handed a Special Merit Award in honour of their historic Europa League run at the tail-end of last season.

UEFA Europa League Group Stage, Tallaght Stadium Dublin 24/11/2016 Dundalk vs AZ Alkmaar Az Alkmaar’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Daryl Horgan of Dundalk
INPHO/James Crombie
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The rest of the nominees, for a wide range of women’s, underage and special awards, are as follows:

Under 19 International Player of the Year
Colm Deasy
George Poynton
Connor Ronan

Under 19 Women’s International Player of the Year
Lucy McCartan
Roma McLaughlin
Amanda McQuillan

Under 17 International Player of the Year
Canice Carroll
Jayson Molumby
Declan Rice

Under 17 Women’s International Player of the Year
Sadhbh Doyle
Leanne Kiernan
Saoirse Noonan

Under 16 International Player of the Year
Aaron Bolger
Jordan Doherty
Lee O’Connor

Under 16 Women’s International Player of the Year
Megan Mackey
Carla McManus
Tyler Toland

Under 15 International Player of the Year
Sean Brennan
Adam Idah
Callum Thompson

Junior International Player of the Year
David Hoban
Stephen Kelly
Danny O’Neill

Intermediate Player of the Year
Peter Doherty
Mark Horgan
Andy McNulty

FAI School’s International Player of the Year
Shane Hanney
Conor Kane
Conor McCarthy

FAI Colleges/Universities International Player of the Year
Matthew Connor
George Poynton
Paul Rooney

Football For All International Player of the Year
Luke Evans
John Farrell
Paul McMahon

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