Thursday 17 August 2017

Danish Delaney's Irish streak

IF Thomas Joseph Delaney is called into the fray for FC Copenhagen tonight, Irish viewers might suddenly be thinking that the FAI have missed a trick, WRITES DANIEL McDONNELL.

The Danish U-21 international unsurprisingly found himself the centre of attention yesterday, with his name inevitably leading to questions about his background.

Alas, the 19-year-old highly regarded midfielder says that his Irish roots are dated.

"It goes back to the 18th century," said Delaney (right).

In short, there is no granny rule potential for Giovanni Trapattoni.

His ancestors emigrated to America and settled outside New York, before a branch of the family decided to relocate to Scandinavia.

"I don't think many Danish people realise that Delaney is an Irish name," added the youngster, who does have a more recent Irish connection.

A friend's father is a Shamrock Rovers fan from Dublin, and he has managed to sort them out with a few tickets.

Irish Independent

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