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@195. martoon196"Join the teams Ramsey & Bale are the first 2 names that come into my mind but there are plenty more.Nope.Bale is world class.Ramsey would not get in the squad, let alone the bench.Thing is, the home-nation Associations can not handle the reality that their players are rubbish, and they wouldn't get in a UK team. SFA is worst.No Scottish player would make the team.
Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have a wonderful past but they are yesterdays men.The new manager will have a squad full of premiership players and many great Irish players that can barely get in the squad. It's time to introduce young players like Conor Ronan of Wolves, Steven Kinsella of Everton and Conor Masterson of Liverpool should train with the full squad. Matt Doherty should play.
ROI pop of 4mill football 3rd/4th tier sport behind GAA and Rugby. The fact is most of the best athletes of the isle go to GAA so any success in football will be a bonus. Done well to get to the playoffs but lightening doesn't strike twice and Eriksen turned up in the 2nd leg.
@189You're right. The players that are needed just don't exist. The people who are saying "develop the squad over the long term" are in fantasy land. The ROI has the players that it has, and has to make do with them. Sometimes smaller countries like the ROI will be lucky and will have a few good players that make the difference, and sometimes they won't.
@221I was actually agreeing with your point - it's all about the talent available, as opposed to the sheer size of the population that you get to draw players from.Italy is a good example - their population of 60 million plus historical success counted for nothing.
@214 (Ashley)It's more like the ROI boycotted playing the game properly.They did things like knocking the ball down in the penalty area so that the opposition could have a clear shot at goal.
@212You'd rather move to the ROI than support a combined UK team?I find that an odd attitude.While there are 4 separate teams from the UK, that's only because of the early history of the sport, as opposed to any logic. One day demand will build from other countries for the UK to only have 1 team.
harpo @219 If joining squads together actually was a solution, then why don't people demand a British and Irish combined team?No thanks, I can just imagine what would happen if we tried it, there would always be some PC idiot thinking quotas and wanting equality in numbers picked.
@185The problem with that is that Iceland can develop at the youth level because their youngsters don't face much competition from other sports.In the ROI the GAA sports take a lot of the athletic talent away from football/soccer, so the talent available from an already small population is lower than it would otherwise be.
@217Agreed. Joining 2 Irish squads that are limited in talent terms wouldn't gaurantee anything in football.We've seen what can happen to even teams that are normally in the world top-10 (Netherlands and Italy) if the talent isn't there. If joining squads together actually was a solution, then why don't people demand a British and Irish combined team, like the Rugby U Lions?
@216The thing about rugby union though is that a limited number of countries play the sport, and the all-island team is one of the countries that doesn't have to qualify for the RU world cup.There is much more competition in football and so even if the ROI and NI were combined they still have qualify and earn one of the spots that are being fought for by over 50 countries.
Harry @216.............Is it now time for an all Ireland football team?You don't join forces just to get to a WC, you join forces because you want to be united in a sport.But even if they did, neither currently have the quality that was missing from both Irish teams, that would make the difference.
Christian Eriksen what a player and possibly the only difference between the 2 teams.Martin O'neill deserves a lot of credit for getting the Irish into the play offs and well said James Mclean for defending his manager and team mates.Maybe nows the time to go the way of the successful Irish rugby union team .Is it now time for an all Ireland football team?
What does he teach his players? They just seem programmed to launch it forward at any opportunity with no build up play. Torture to watch. A clever free kick from the training ground, maybe? Nah, just shell it into the box and scrap for the knock down! Think he was the same at Celtic with a bunch of big guys up front and they did get to a European final but i think football has moved on a bit.
I'd like to commend Ireland for standing up for human rights and boycotting the World Cup in Russia.
Eniola Aluko Why???? Stick to netball and hockey
195. Posted by martoon196That's a ridiculous suggestion mate but fair play on the sentiment. The day that happens is the day I move to ROI
Not even an England B team
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