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It’s getting closer now ….. May 31, 2016

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.

Friendlies out of the way and the squad was announced tonight….
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Shay Given, Kieran Westwood.
Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, John O’Shea, Ciaran Clark, Shane Duffy, Richard Keogh, Robbie Brady, Stephen Ward.
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan, James McClean, Aiden McGeady, David Meyler, Stephen Quinn, Jon Walters, Wes Hoolahan
Forwards: Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Robbie Keane

Feel sorry for David Forde especially among those that were left out. Obviously Harry Arter too but that was injury as opposed to not being selected. Amazing the difference in class when Long and Hoolahan came on this evening, we’ll need them both fit.


1. Tomboktu - May 31, 2016

You weren’t selected yourself, I see.


irishelectionliterature - June 1, 2016

10 minutes in The Munster Senior league is the highest I ever played and even then it was because they were more than badly stuck for subs 🙂


2. sonofstan - May 31, 2016

7 of whom played in the league of Ireland for significant chunks of their careers. Good to see. also, and I may have mentioned this before, Stephen ward’s career post Bohs has always been a marvel – I reckon I, and most others at the school end of the Jodi in the mid noughties would’ve picked half a dozen players before Wardie to have long international careers. Which is why none of us are successful managers.


irishelectionliterature - June 1, 2016

Ward was a striker too when Bohs sold him to Wolves!


Joe - June 1, 2016

And still has an eye for a goal.


3. Joe - June 1, 2016

Agree about Forde. He was hard done by. Given is over the hill and crocked. But then again I can see the logic of Given as a coach/support to the other two.
Starting to look forward to the competition now. Hopefully meeting old pals from old campaigns in some sensible public house where we can watch the ball and frown on the antics of the younger crowd and the bandwaggon hoppers.


4. Gewerkschaftler - June 1, 2016

Seriously – what kind of chances have Ireland / Northern Ireland of coming through the group stages?

Knowing next to nothing about footie I’d like to make some sort of showing in the office Euro-betting league.

Predictions? Prognostications?

The Germans as usual are talking down their chances.


irishelectionliterature - June 1, 2016

On paper both ourselves and the North should be knocked out in the group stages but I have a feeling both will get through. (The 4 best third place teams get through to the knockout stages).
As for winners I think France will do well.


5. Joe - June 1, 2016

“Knowing next to nothing about footie..” Footie? Say no more, we believe you.:)

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Gewerkschaftler - June 1, 2016

Sorry – should I have said soccer? 😉


Joe - June 1, 2016

No. Ball. Just ball. As in: ‘Were you watching the ball last night?’ ‘Anyone fancy a game of ball?’ ‘How do you think Ireland will do in the ball?’
That’s how me and my cool mates discuss these things and what marks us out from the johnny-come-latelys, bandwagon hoppers, Keano heads, know nothings, barstoolers, LoI inverted snobs, bogballers and the rest.


sonofstan - June 1, 2016

I fancy England. They leave the EU, they win the Euros


6. leftcooperation - June 1, 2016

I feel sorry for Forde too, Westwood is probably the best keeper available but he hasn’t featured much if at all in the qualifying campaign. I would have taken Forde over Given, he’s had very little football over the 2-3 years in reality.


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