It’s not easy being green

 

In today’s Sunday Times there was a small piece on the front page about prospective players that Martin O’Neill could tie down to the green jersey of Ireland. A bigger pool of players is enticing for the national team but, do we really want players who qualify for our national team by virtue of having a cousin that holidayed in Tramore?

 

Harry Kane

The Tottenham forward decided not to go out on loan this year and fight for his position in the team. Not getting in to the team until Tim Sherwood took the helm, Kane grasped the opportunity with both hands. The towering 20 year old centre-forward would be a fantastic aerial threat, while adding another dimension to the team with Shane Long being able to play off him. Featuring for England at under-age levels, this one seems unlikely.

 

Conor Wickham

Another tall centre-forward, Wickham was recalled from his loan spell at Leeds united to provide the fire power for Sunderland to avoid the drop this season. Voted player of the month for April scoring 5 goals in 3 games, he forced his way in to the first team. At 20 years of age he’s the same age as Kane, while providing the same style of powerful play.

Connor Wickham celebrates scoring in the Etihad.

Connor Wickham celebrates scoring in the Etihad.

Jack Grealish

Capped at under-age level for the boys in green, Grealish is a Birmingham born boy who has an Irish father and Irish grandparents. A technical midfielder, the 18 year old made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa mid-week. Hopefully he will deliver on the national stage if he decides to play for Ireland, but the outlook is good.

 

Kyle Naughton

Nothing about this could be good news. As a Tottenham fan the season has been poor at best, compounded by Walkers injury and incompetent full-backs. Naughton is a no-go and Premier League right-back of the season Seamus Coleman is a far superior player. At 25 he is unlikely to get an English call-up so Ireland could be an option if he improves.

 

Curtis Davies

This one is a bit of a curveball as he is 29 years of age. At this stage he will almost certainly not get an English call-up, but maybe he could feature for Ireland for a few years. Having Premier League experience and starting for FA Cup finalists Hull in a successful Premier League campaign he would be a solid addition, however unlikely.

 

Are there any decent players I missed out on? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @JaffaJerome.