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Five Things We Learned From Ireland’s Draw With Austria

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 11/6/2017 Ireland vs Austria Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to Cyrus Christie, Shane Du

As Ireland rescued a pint at home against Austria, we examine five key talking points as Ireland’s World Cup dream stays firmly on track. A negative selection for what should have been a positive approach Martin O’Neill hinted during the week that Ireland would approach this game looking for a win. Before a ball had been kicked, the team screamed …

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Watch: Eamon Dunphy Loses The Rag With Wes Hoolahan’s Ireland Omission

When Martin O’Neill decided to leave Wes Hoolahan out of his Ireland starting eleven to face Austria, he was always running the risk of annoying Eamon Dunphy. The outspoken RTE pundit has been Hoolahan’s biggest fan for some time now, and is generally aghast when the Norwich playmaker isn’t selected. So when the teamsheet for Sunday’s match was released just over …

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Martin O’Neill Names Ireland Starting XI To Face Austria

Republic of Ireland Press Conference, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 10/6/2017 Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O’Neill has named the Republic of Ireland starting eleven to face Austria on Sunday afternoon – and, as expected, there are some changes from last week. The big news from the starting lineup is that Burnley’s Kevin Long keeps his place in defence. The Burnley man only made his first start in an Irish shirt against Uruguay last week, …

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Six Talking Points Ahead Of Crucial Ireland v Austria 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 Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Following Ireland’s 3-1 defeat to Mexico, the more experienced head racked up an impressive reverse score against South American heavyweights Uruguay.  This will have Ireland is fantastic spirits as they approach another critical game. Austria come to Dublin following a crushing 1-0 defeat at the hand’s of Martin O’Neill’s men and expectations are high for the home side. Ireland look …

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