Revealed: Ireland players had to fill out their own ticket application forms for Euro 2016
Darren Randolph has revealed that the Republic of Ireland players have already started making plans for Euro 2016 - by taking part in their own scramble for tickets.
Irish soccer supporters have been forced to enter a UEFA lottery for tickets, with many loyal fans left heartbroken by a process that is likely to leave thousands ticketless in France this summer.
Randolph has revealed that some of Martin O’Neill’s squad may also be left looking for tickets of their own, after putting in their requests over recent weeks.
“We all had to fill out the ticket application forms with the FAI,” Randolph tells Independent.ie.
“Some of the lads will probably be looking for more tickets than me, but that is a story a lot of Irish fans will associate with.
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“My Mam and Dad want to come over to France next summer and a few relatives and friends as well, so hopefully I get the tickets I need.
“I feel for Ireland fans who have not got the tickets they applied for, but I’m sure they will still all head over to France and cheer s on in the fan parks.
“I’m sure we will be the best supported team in the tournament, as Ireland tend to be when we qualify.”
Randolph is hopeful of clinging onto the Ireland No.1 jersey despite his lack of first team action at West Ham this season, with his FA Cup heroics boosting his cause.
“I don’t take anything for granted in this game,” says Randolph, who will link up with the Ireland squad for friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia later this month.
“I just have to work hard for West Ham in these FA Cup games and remind the manager what I can do.”