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    The Ireland national team thread

    Republic of Ireland squad for the EURO 2012 play-off against Estonia on 11 and 15 November:

    Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde, David Forde, Stephen Kelly, Stephen Ward, Richard Dunne, Sean St. Ledger, Darren O'Dea, Paul McShane, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Darron Gibson, Andy Keogh, Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt, Liam Lawrence, Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, Simon Cox. Jon Walters.





    Absolutely delighted that Stokes scumbag wasn't called up. Though would have liked Best to have got a shout, might still get one yet

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    Agree on Stokes. Like trapp or loath him he's a man of principal. Fair fucks to him. Done the same with Reid and Ireland and even with all the whinging they have both all but disappeared. Bad attitude will always out.
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    yeah trap has been spot on with the calls on the rebel players. As talented as stokes is and i honestly think he has talent to burn, he has a shocking attitude and doesnt deserve to be near the squad

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    Agree on Stokes. Like trapp or loath him he's a man of principal. Fair fucks to him. Done the same with Reid and Ireland and even with all the whinging they have both all but disappeared. Bad attitude will always out.
    Ireland told Trap to fuck off, not the other way around. And Reid has only disappeared if you think football begins and ends with the EPL. He's playing at the same level as Fahey and Andrews. Darron Gibson isn't playing at all.

    Agree, Best should definitely be in the squad. Wacthed him against Spurs the week before last and his all-round game has come on leaps and bounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleguer presas i renom View Post
    He's playing at the same level as Fahey and Andrews.

    He's played 11 games in 2011. He's going down faster that the Titanic which is kinda ironic as he has a similar displacement.
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    nice use of a physics based joke there Alan Mc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    nice use of a physics based joke there Alan Mc
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    He's played 11 games in 2011. He's going down faster that the Titanic which is kinda ironic as he has a similar displacement.
    Don't know where you've pulled that 11 game stat from, but it's wrong. He was a regular in the Blackpool side last season after signing and he has played around 11 games so far for Forest this season.

    Could be 11 starts, which I'd venture is as many as Andrews has made and more than Gibson. I'm sure he has more minutes than both.

    That said, I wouldn't have him in the current squad. Just disagree that he has disappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleguer presas i renom View Post
    Don't know where you've pulled that 11 game stat from, but it's wrong. He was a regular in the Blackpool side last season after signing and he has played around 11 games so far for Forest this season.
    http://www.soccerbase.com/players/pl...layer_id=23629

    He started twice for Blackpool last season, and 7 times for Forest this year

    He's start 16 league games in the last 2 seasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodge View Post
    http://www.soccerbase.com/players/pl...layer_id=23629

    He started twice for Blackpool last season, and 7 times for Forest this year

    He's start 16 league games in the last 2 seasons
    Fair enough re: Blackpool last season.

    16 league starts in the last two seasons? If you count the first 10 weeks of this season as a whole season, maybe. He was a regular in the Sunderland side the year before last. Louise Taylor wrote a decent piece demonstrating how his absence from the starting XI coincided with Darren Bent's drought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleguer presas i renom View Post
    Louise Taylor wrote a decent piece demonstrating how his absence from the starting XI coincided with Darren Bent's drought.

    Which proves birds know nothing about football

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    Trap has said Best will be called up if Long doesn't make it

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    Andy Keogh instead of Wes Hoolahan, Hilarious!!
    And Brian Kerr is in tears.

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    yea thought hoolahan might have been in the squad to be honest,same with best as he's been good for club.glad stokes isnt in either to be honest.think keane shud be drop kicked aswell,past it in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by oleguer presas i renom View Post
    He was a regular in the Blackpool side last season after signing and he has played around 11 games so far for Forest this season.

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    I know where that stat was pulled from. Honestly check your stuff before posting it as fact.
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    Is Doyler not suspended?

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    Is Doyler not suspended?
    One match ban, he'll be available for the second leg

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    I know where that stat was pulled from. Honestly check your stuff before posting it as fact.
    Touche. And right back at you. You said Andy Reid has only played 11 games in 2011. He has played that many for Forest alone this season.

    Again, not suggesting he should be in the squad, just that he hasn't disappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanMc View Post
    He's played 11 games in 2011. He's going down faster that the Titanic which is kinda ironic as he has a similar displacement.
    Well finally some high brow humour on the forum, splendid!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slavia View Post
    Trap has said Best will be called up if Long doesn't make it
    http://www.independent.ie/sport/socc...b-2921298.html

    Best 'baffled and confused' by snub

    By Daniel McDonnell
    Monday October 31 2011
    LEON BEST has admitted that he was "baffled" and "confused" after being left out of the Ireland squad for the Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia.

    And the Newcastle striker has encouraged Giovanni Trapattoni to pick up the phone and speak to his employers if he has reservations about his work-rate.

    The in-form frontman, who will line out against Stoke this evening if he has shaken off a bout of tonsillitis, is aggrieved to miss out on the squad for the showdown with the Baltic nation, although Trapattoni did indicate that Best would come into the reckoning if Shane Long is a confirmed absentee.

    However, the 25-year-old striker has been more interested in recent newspaper comments from the Italian about his aptitude. The Irish boss suggested that Best needs to work harder for the team.

    "Every time it's mentioned, it baffles me," Best said. "He only needs to ring up Newcastle and ask for my stats.

    "The ProZone will tell you I'm doing nearly 10km a game. I don't know what it is. If he's saying I need to work harder, then I need to work harder. He's a man to learn off, he's got the experience and he knows what he wants."

    Last week, Best revealed that it's been so long since he has heard from the Irish camp that when he rang a member of staff to enquire about the situation -- Pat Costello from the international department -- he didn't realise that he no longer worked for the FAI.

    "I haven't got anyone's number apart from the security, and I don't feel I'm in a position to ring Trapattoni and start asking him why he's not picked me," continued the Nottingham-born target-man, who spent part of his youth in Dublin.

    "It doesn't upset me really because I'm enjoying playing for Newcastle so much because it's the best point of my career. I'm delighted playing every week in front of 50,000 fans.

    "But it's just made me step back and think, what's gone on here? What have I done wrong? What do I need to do? I was getting in the squad when I was in the Championship and not playing every week. It's totally baffled me, confused me."

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    .................given.........................
    kelly........dunne.....st ledger......ward
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    ................cox......walters..............

    dont think keane will be fit enough to start especially away when he would have more running to do going for a 1nil ireland keane from the bench
    With Bucka to lead us sure no one could beat us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintjoey View Post

    dont think keane will be fit enough to start


    Played and scored for Galaxy last night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slavia View Post
    Played and scored for Galaxy last night
    different levels, id start him at home but we wont have the ball as much away
    With Bucka to lead us sure no one could beat us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saintjoey View Post
    different levels, id start him at home but we wont have the ball as much away


    Maybe, but the MLS is probably the same if not better level than the Estonian national team

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    The Ref for the 1st Leg seems to have some good experience

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Kassai

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slavia View Post
    The Ref for the 1st Leg seems to have some good experience

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Kassai
    ye Slavia he is one of the best referees in world football

    Walters hopefully starts up top with robbie

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