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Posté le: Jeu 11 Oct - 04:16 (2018) Sujet du message: Long wait for an Irish goalscorer a real issue
Long wait for an Irish goalscorer a real issue
sbobet There will be a time when we go through a full Irish international week without Robbie Keane being mentioned. The emergence of a regular goalscorer would help that mission. Martin O'Neill tends to bring up Ireland's record marksman on a consistent basis, however, and he came up again ahead of the crucial Aviva Stadium double-header with Denmark and Wales.
Three years have passed since Keane was benched by O'Neill for a game of substance. It actually resulted in arguably the most memorable goal at the renovated venue. Shane Long's stunning strike to down Germany got Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign back on track and there were symbolic post-match scenes when Keane was the first on to the pitch to greet the hero of the hour.
The passing of the torch has not really materialised, sbobet though. With Jon Walters out of the equation through injury and Daryl Murphy retired, Long is now the senior man in the forward department. He's actually a niggling injury doubt for Saturday due to an ankle problem and sat out training again yesterday.
Long can offer a lot in terms of making life difficult for opponents, but it's safe to say at this stage that the 31-year-old will never guarantee goals. His last meaningful strike for Ireland sbobet was against Moldova two years ago, while he struck just twice for Southampton last term. O'Neill favoured Murphy in the dying stages of the World Cup tilt and management have never seemed fully convinced by the Tipperary man.