Paul Green called up to Ireland Euro 2012 squad to replace Keith Fahey
Former Derby County midfielder Paul Green has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012 as Keith Fahey has failed to recover from a groin strain.
Green, who is without a club after turning down a new contract offer with Derby County, has been called in as a direct central midfield replacement for Birmingham City’s Keith Fahey. The 29-year-old Blues midfielder has been out of action since the end of April, missing Birmingham’s Championship playoff campaign.
29-year-old Green started the first two Euro 2012 qualifiers and has 10 Irish caps. He also scored his first goal in his second appearance under Giovanni Trapattoni in a friendly against Algeria in May 2010. Fahey had not been expected to start for Ireland at the European Championships, but offered a strong backup option in the middle and out wide. Green, on the other hand, is a limited central midfielder, but has put in some decent performances for the Rams in the Championship, and has been linked with Leeds United.