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Conor Clifford added to Ireland squad

9 October 2012 4,707 views 23 Comments Written by Ronan

Chelsea midfielder Conor Clifford has been called-up to the Republic of Ireland squad as cover for the upcoming qualifiers against Germany and Faroe Islands.

Clifford was called up by Giovanni Trapattoni for last August’s friendly with Croatia, but did not feature in that game. He has 10 caps for Ireland under-21s, despite not having played for Chelsea. The 21-year-old Dubliner spent time on loan at Portsmouth earlier this season, but returned to his parent club after just 2 games due to Pompey’s financial troubles.

Clifford will join up with the Irish squad tomorrow morning as midfield cover due to the fact that Trapattoni is expected to start 3 CMs against Germany on Friday.

Related posts:

  1. Conor Clifford joins Plymouth Argyle
  2. Clifford joins Notts County on loan
  3. James McClean and Paul Green added to Ireland squad
  4. Simon Cox and Darren Randolph added to Ireland squad
  5. Paddy Madden added to Ireland u21 squad


  • Propagandhi said:

    How can anyone possibly justify that? He has failed to impress at several League 1 and 2 teams now and has been turfed out by Portsmouth. He hasn’t been named in 1 senior squad for Chelsea. He hasn’t been involved with any International squads since Croatia last year.

    Wes Hoolahan started against Chelsea last weekend and was probably Norwich’s best player. Why isn’t he getting called up?

    If not Hoolahan, who could play in the mythical 3 man midfield, supported by the more physical Andrews and McCarthy or replace the dreadful Cox or Walters as a proper option on the wing, then why not call up…..

    Chris McCann – playing regularly for Burnley.
    Jeff Hendrick – playing regularly for Derby.
    Gary Dicker – playing regularly for Brighton.
    Joe Mason – Earning rave reviews for Cardiff.

    Despicable stuff. It’s going to be a long qualifying campaign, if Trapattoni stays.

    Trapattoni only called up Hoolahan for the Oman game, because he knew he was injured too, and even if he didn’t, this is one of the things he is paid handsomely, to know.

  • IrishRI said:

    Beats calling up Paul Green. We all agree we need a playmaker playing behind a lone striker Hoolahan or Steve Ireland or even Keane behind Long would work lovely.

    From just who we have fit and actually in camp right now we could make a decent side with 5 in midfield..



    A strong back four who start in those postions in the Premier league every week.
    Two tough tackling defensive holding midfielder with an eye for goal.

    Two creative attacking wingers. Keane playing advanced midfield in the whole behind the ever impressive, speedy, generally give every centre back in the world such a headache that they wnat to kick ribbons out of him Shane Long.

    Anyone have a problem sending out that team.
    Again, it’s only based on who is actually fit in camp right now.

  • Propagandhi said:

    There is still every chance we will see.

    Kelly, O’Shea, O’Dea, Ward
    Cox, Andrews, McCarthy, McGeady
    Keane, Walters


  • IrishRI said:

    God help us. We will get blitzed by ze Fatherland if he sends out that team. Plus I doubt the Aviva will be full even for the Germans. More or more of even the less informed fans are shying away from this team and the tactics.

  • Frank Devine said:

    Conor has done well, in the past, for the U21s but lost his place to lads like Jeff Hendrick, Conor Henderson, Adam Barton, Samir Carruthers and Sean Murray.

    This is an out of touch selection but very good for a great lad who always gives 100%.

  • Simon said:

    Nearly everything about this managerial set-up is farcical and a complete mess.
    Naming lineups days in advance, openly declaring our tactics, having no plan B, not watching club games and ignoring club form, inability to communicate in english, playing players grossly out of posiiton, picking championship players above prem regulars, alienating/ostracising players when we only have a limited player base in the 1st place & falling out reguarly with players. These are just some of the common traits of trapatoni’s management style.

    We got incredibly lucky in the last campaign which papered over the deep cracks within the leadership setup. Trap is destroying our footbal team and getting away with it, along as getting a nice bit of coin for it too. It needs to stop

  • Ronan (author) said:

    It’s good for the player to be selected, but it is a strange call-up. Surely some midfielder (such as the ones Prop mentioned) who is actually playing regular football should have brought in as cover. As unlikely as it is that Clifford will play, he’ll hardly be match sharp after just 2 games in League One this season.

    Thinking about it, Aidy White probably would have been the best call-up. We’re very short of natural widemen with McClean set to miss the Germany game, and he could cover at LB too. Not to mention he’s an actual winger unlike Simon, Jon, and Shane!

  • Ray said:

    Lets hope Blackburn take him. It really is insane.
    We could field a premiership side and yet we will have 5/6 players from Championship or equivelant leagues
    My team(when all fit)

    Coleman Dunne(Clark),O’Shea, Wilson
    McCarthy,Holohan,Whelan, McGeady,

    Please Trap, just go, enough is enough!

  • Awesome said:

    What’s more likely to happen is that he will finally drop stephen ward from the left back slot and put him on the left wing instead with wilson at left back. Ze gehmans vill destroy us.

  • Propagandhi said:

    Ward would probably be better equipped to play on the left wing than Cox but this is the insanity we have to put up with. You’re a liability in several consecutive games and your position is still guaranteed.

  • IrishRI said:

    I think Simon (above) hit the nail on the head in most everything. We’ve had four years of this crap and I’m just about fed up. Basically if you showed up to the training camp in Portugal in ’08 you are one of Traps golden boys, can do no wrong and will always start when fit. It’s ludacris stuff and would not be tolerated by any other country (but then again no one else has a tool like John Delaney in charge). We’ll probably go out get overrun by the Germans, punt long balls up the field and somehow leave the game with a miraculous 0-0 or 1-1 draw a la Moscow, then beat the Faroes 1-0 and be stuck with Trap until at least next March when we play Sweden and Austria. We then lose away to Sweden, draw at home to Austria, find ourselves pretty much out of the running and finally give Trap the boot by which stage it is too late for the new manager to save the campaign.

  • IrishRI said:

    Now is the time to sh*t can this guy. There are lots of managers avaiable on the market. We missed out on Martin O’Neill but Coyle, McCarthy, Kerr and even McDermott might be available. I wonder how many tickets have been sold for the game.

  • ICantSplel said:

    Alot, the only remaining cost 100 euro each. No thanks… extortionate.

  • IrishRI said:

    Must be a bunch of Germans coming over then. You couldn’t pay me to go and watch Traps team.

  • mikeire said:

    When it comes to our players, be it Whelan, Cox, Keane, Clifford or McGeady I want them all to have long, successful careers for club and country. I would love to see Whelan score a hatrick and win a game for us as I think he’s proved to be dedicated and passionate about the green shirt. But you don’t need to scroll through video footage to see that he has cost us games and is slightly off the pace when it comes to playing international football. Anybody can see he’s had a very good crack of the whip and had chances to prove himself but it hasn’t worked. YOU GIVE SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE TO MAKE AN IMPRESSION. not bang your head against a brick wall and keep trying the same thing. We’ve had friendlies in which players have been brought in and done quiet well but as soon as the next game comes along, he’s back in the starting 11. Simon, I think you’ve covered all our frustrations in your comment.

  • mikeire said:

    I think Clifford has a lot of untapped potential and for one am happy to see him in the squad. you could draft in hoolahan to sit on the bench and then return home but what would be the point in that? it would just frustrate him even more as he’s not suddenly going to find himself in the first team. but this may give Clifford confidence and motivation to kick start his career as he now knows he’s not been forgotten about. Could turn out to be a good move?

  • IrishRI said:

    I think Trap likes picking players who’s names are easy for him to remember and pronounce. The less syllables and letters you have in your name the better chance you have of playing for Ireland. Cox, Keane, Green, Dunne, Duff, Ward, Long, O’Shea, Kelly. O’Dea. Keogh, Fahey, Given. It gets a bit tricky for him with when you have more than 5 letters or a multi-syllable name so he just omits you Hoolahan, Pilkington, McCarthy, Coleman, McClean etc.
    Am I on to something here?

  • Trent Hill said:

    I have been wondering when Joe Mason would get a call. Since he’s doing great..I’m guessing never. lol.

  • John said:

    Maybe joe mason will get his chance sooner than he thinks. Robbie Keane’s achilles looks to have banjaxed him for Friday

  • IrishRI said:

    so this is the team…
    Ireland XI: Westwood, Coleman, O’Shea, O’Dea, Ward, McCarthy, Andrews, Fahey, McGeady, Walters, Cox

    It’s better than his usual 11 but only because injuries have forced his hand.
    Long on the bench is a joke.

    Walters & Cox couldn’t score in a bangkok whore house as they’ve proved for years in the Premier League.

  • Propagandhi said:

    There goes Trapattoni, contradicting himself again by starting Walters ahead of Long. Long was allegedly on the bench, because he was a direct replacement for Keane. Walters function is to operate off another “smaller” forward. Yet, unsurprisingly, despite Keane’s absence from the team, Walters is preferred to the free scoring, pacy, strong Shane Long. Why start a player with his attributes in a game like this? So what if his goalscoring record and assists record is far better than Cox and Walters? Who cares if he regularly impresses against International standard defenders, like Agger and Skrtel?

    Cox and Walters continued presence in the team, despite mediocre performances is a joke.

    Where are the goals going to come from? Trapattoni talks about Long making an impact off the bench, but by the time that happens, the game will be over.

  • Lochlainn said:

    Pretty happy with that line-up. Thrilled to see Coleman playing ahead of Kelly. I do hope Walters scores just to shut you all up and Cox is a regular scorer so that holds no warrant at all. His goals for Nottingham Forest this season have been beyond sensational, his Irish scoring form is excellent too. Having scored in the carling nations cup, against Italy in Liege and a fabulous finish against Cech when we played the Czech Rep. We’re playing 4-3-3…be happy boys! Finally, despite Long being the best forward available there is no one I would rather come off the bench with a fresh pair of legs with 30 minutes ot go to run at defences. I think it makes perfect sense and I can’t wait for the match!

  • John said:

    Can’t wait to see Coleman and interested to see how the formation pans out, but still disappointed that Long has been omitted. Walters may be able to hold the ball up, but Long can turn and change a long ball into a attempt on target at the drop of a hat. Hope we see him in the second half.

    Bring on the Germans! COYBIG!

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