Spotlight: Barry Maguire
Dutch born Maguire has been coming to the attention of many Irish fans recently, thanks in no small part to his goal that helped knock Celtic out of this season’s Europa League. As one may have guessed by his name, Maguire is the son of an Irish man. One of the most promising youth players in Dutch Eredivisie, Maguire has found himself in somewhat of an international tug of war in recent years.
Maguire made his name at FC Den Bosch after originally playing for amateur outfit Theole. At the tender age of 17, Maguire joined Den Bosch first team squad. He went on to make 66 appearances for them, scoring 6 goals. A versatile midfielder, Maguire possesses the kind of technique which we come to expect from Dutch footballers over the years. After numerous excellent displays for Den Bosch, Maguire sealed a move to Utrecht.
Don Givens rewarded Maguire by calling him up to the under 21 squad in January 2009. The next day Maguire turned down the invite, although refusing to rule out the prospect of playing for Ireland in the future. His international future has remained somewhat in limbo since.
“After much thought, I decided not to accept the invitation,” said the midfielder. “Moreover it does not mean that I am never going to play for Ireland. ”
After a promising start to his Utrecht career, Maguire has found it a little difficult to hold down a starting position. However with the Europa league to look forward to , Maguire will hope for plenty of opportunities. A glimpse if his talent can be seen from his goal against Celtic, which you can find at the end of this article. Maguire has now been playing first team football for 5 years, and is still only 20.
On September 8th last, Maguire admitted he would be willing to represent Ireland, should anyone from the FAI bother to call him. Speaking to the Evening Herald, Maguire said “If Ireland rang me in the morning and asked me to come and play for them, I would say yes without a thought. I would like to play for the Irish team again but I have no contact at all from them.”
“I am surprised that the FAI have not been in contact with me, especially as Wim Koevermans, who is Dutch, works with the FAI now. I thought they would have tried to make contact with me but I have heard nothing in months. I can’t just turn up and play for Ireland. I have to be named in their squad but hope they do that. I still watch the Irish team, I saw the game against Armenia last week and I’d love to see them qualify for the finals.”
“And if they do call me, I’d be very happy to play for them again,”
Maguire only came on the FAI’s radar 5 years ago as a result of being contacted by Maguire’s father. It appears obvious that Maguire still has a great interest in playing for Ireland, but that he feels the ball is firmly in the FAI’s court. Time will tell if Maguire shall wear the green jersey again, but one things is for sure, every Irish fan would to see it happen.