Saturday 21 October 2017

Euro 2012 diary: Dunne admits he's California dreaming

IN the past, Richard Dunne has speculated about finishing his career at Shamrock Rovers, but the move of fellow Tallaght man Robbie Keane has turned his head.

Dunne learned of his local club's achievements by text last Thursday and has a mutual friend of goalscoring hero Pat Sullivan.

However, rather than 'Tallaghtfornia', he is attracted by the prospect of heading to California. Although, unlike Keane, he views it as something for later down the line.

"If the opportunity came at 34, 35, I'd definitely take it," said Dunne. So, no chance of going to Rovers then? "No, not unless they move to LA," he laughed.

"It's brilliant for Rovers to get through, though. Hopefully it will promote the league and bring more sponsorship into it."

And what of Robbie's move? Dunne suspects that it might prolong the skipper's international career.

"It will be nice for him to get home for internationals; when he was in England, he could nip home all the time. Although he might just want to stay in LA all the time. Who can blame him?"

Arshavin's United display pleases boss

ARSENAL fans will be concerned -- and Ireland fans relieved -- to learn that Russia coach Dick Advocaat was impressed with Andrey Arshavin's display in Sunday's 8-2 hammering by Manchester United.

The Russian captain has been in indifferent form for the Gunners this season, but his international manager expects him to bounce back against Macedonia tomorrow.

"I've seen the game on television and I thought it was one of his better games," the former Rangers coach said. "He was many times involved in it but Arsenal played far too openly.

"It's a different atmosphere here, he's always in a good mood when he comes to the national team."

Advocaat rates last year's win over Ireland in Dublin highly. "It was one of the best games that Russia ever played football-wise," he added.

Number of the week

15 Kevin Kilbane's pain could be Bohemians' gain as the Dubliners stand to earn £50,000 from Wolves if Stephen Ward plays 15 minutes of competitive action tomorrow.

SLOVAKIAN PHRASE OF THE DAY

"L'al'a papl'uha pogrcal mi krpce." -- If any visiting fan says this to you at Lansdowne Road tomorrow, it means you've spilled the onions from your pre-match hot-dog down your front.

Compiled by Daniel McDonnell

and Ruaidhri O'Connor

Irish Independent

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