Congratulations to both Shay Given and Damien Duff for making the Ireland team to play Brazil at Croke Park on Wednesday eveing.
Damien Duff – back in Ireland Team after injury
The Irish FA have yet to appoint a successor to Steve Staunton so caretaker manager Don Givens has named the side early to play the attractive Brazilians.
Rumors abound that Ireland are considering former Newcastle United and Bolton manager Sam Allardyce for the job, but we cannot confirm that, although we think Big Sam would be great as Manager of Ireland.
Givens has selected Damien Duff, the Newcastle winger, who has been playing well for the Tyne-side club, since he returned from his serious ankle injury just before Christmas, and Damien thoroughly deserves his recall.
Duff sustained his injury while playing for Newcastle at Portsmouth in April of last year, and it was much worse than most people realized, and it was almost career threatening at one point. So we are very happy to see Damien come through all the anxiety and difficulties, and be representing his country again. Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given will have a back four in front of him of Stephen Kelly, John O’Shea, Richard Dunne and Kevin Kilbane.
Former Newcastle center-back Andy Oâ€™Brien, Liverpool full back Steve Finnan and Newcastleâ€™s Stephen Carr have all announced their retirement from International football and were not available for selection.
Brazil will be without one of their star players, AC Milanâ€™s Kaka, after he had to withdraw from the Brazil squad with an injury. Kaka has played 145 times for AC Milan, and scored 51 goals for them. (wow).
This will be Shay Given’s 86th cap for Ireland and Damien Duff’s 67th cap. Duff has scored 7 goals playing for his country. Best of luck to both of them for tomorrow’s game, but please – don’t get injured. 😀
Shay Given (Newcastle United); Stephen Kelly (Birmingham City), John O’Shea (Manchester United), Richard Dunne (Manchester City), Kevin Kilbane (Wigan Athletic); Aiden McGeady (Celtic), Lee Carsley (Everton), Liam Miller (Sunderland), Damien Duff (Newcastle United); Robbie Keane (Tottenham Hotstpur), Kevin Doyle (Reading).
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