The stat which proves why Liam Brady is right about the 'sad' state of Irish football
Published 01/06/2016 | 10:10
Republic of Ireland great Liam Brady believes Ireland stand a chance of making an impact at Euro 2016 but was downbeat about our failure to unearth any players good enough to bring to France over the past year.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli of Spurs have emerged from relative obscurity to make Roy Hodgson's England squad while Ireland have been forced to stick with the tried an trusted.
"It's a bit sad that we haven't seen anyone appear in the last year that could push themselves into that squad," Brady told Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One.
"You've seen Marcus Rashford do it for England over the last six months, Dele Alli has started at Spurs this season and nobody knew too much about him and the two boys are going in the England squad to the Euros.
"We don't have that problem and it's a sad indictment of the standard of player that we have at the moment."
A statistic has emerged to completely back up Brady's assertions.
The Republic of Ireland's has the highest average age, 29.8 years. Martin O'Neill has selected 11 players aged 30 or over and only one under the age of 24.
Wales are the seventh youngest group at 27.3 years, while Northern Ireland are further down the scale at 28.5 years.
ENGLAND 25.8 years
Ireland will have the oldest squad at Euro 2016, with an average age of 29 years & 297 days— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) June 1, 2016
NORTHERN IRELAND 28.5
CZECH REPUBLIC 29.2
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 29.8