Ireland Euro 2012 Squad Preview: Goalkeepers
All this week, GreenScene will be looking at the possible candidates for Giovanni Trapattoni’s 23 man Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad. Part One looks at Ireland’s goalkeeping options.
Barring injury, the most capped Irish international is a guaranteed starter in all of Ireland’s games at Euro 2012. He has been first choice since Giovanni Trapattoni took over back in 2008, and played 11 qualifying games, keeping six clean sheets. Was also Ireland’s number one at the 2002 World Cup.
Made his senior Irish debut under Trapattoni just three years ago, but is already considered by many to be the successor to Shay Given. Stood in for Given when the Ireland #1 was injured last March, pulling off some impressive saves against FYR Macedonia in qualifying. Injury this season saw him dropped to the bench by Sunderland, but had an impressive spell before he was displaced by Simon Mignolet.
Made his Irish debut just last year, coming on for Given in the Carling Nations Cup, before going on to play the full 90 minutes against Italy in June. Has yet to concede a goal in the Irish net, and has been a regular in Trapattoni’s squads since last summer. Was Millwall’s first choice for the majority of the season until they signed Maik Taylor in March.
Surprisingly, Wicklowman Darren Randolph has still not made his Ireland debut. Was included in the squad for the first time last year when Given was injured, and was on the bench for Ireland’s Carling Nations Cup games. Having an impressive season with Motherwell, keeping 13 clean sheets in 35 games so far, and could play in the Champions League next season. Could be a possible call-up as he has the most first team experience of any Irish goalkeeper this season.
The nephew of former Ireland international goalkeeper Wayne Henderson, Stephen has yet to appear for the senior side, having only received his first international call-up in February for the Czech Republic friendly. He was Portsmouth’s first choice this season until they were forced to loan him out to West Ham in order to save money. One for the future, but unlikely to be on the plane to Poland.
Brian Murphy’s first Irish call-up was for the World Cup 2010 Qualifying Playoff with France, but he has still not made his debut. Murphy has been in a few Irish squads since, but not since the Macedonia qualifier last June. As he is also a backup at QPR, he’s unlikely to be called up.
With a seven year gap between his two appearances for Ireland, Joe Murphy might have to wait until 2017 for his next Irish cap. He made his debut in 2003 under Brian Kerr, coming on for Nick Colgan against Turkey, and in 2010 he returned to the Ireland fold under Trap, replacing Westwood against Algeria.
Overlooked by Giovanni Trapattoni, Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has insisted he is not retired from international football despite not appearing since 2006. It’s highly unlikely Kenny will want to return to be second or third choice behind Given and Westwood.
Club: Birmingham City
Debut: 2007 v Ecuador
One of the many players awarded a first cap during Steve Staunton’s USA Tour, many fans have been calling for Doyle’s recall to the Ireland set-up thanks to his impressive finish to the season with Chris Hughton’s promotion-chasing Birmingham City. A big outsider.