Friday 30 September 2016

Two former Ireland internationals included in North London derby worst ever XI

Published 04/03/2016 | 17:12

Gary Doherty and Sean McGoldrick have been included on the team by the Daily Telegraph
Gary Doherty and Sean McGoldrick have been included on the team by the Daily Telegraph

An English newspaper has compiled a team of the worst players to feature in a north London derby and have included two former Republic of Ireland internationals.

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The Daily Telegraph have included former Tottenham defender/striker Gary Doherty up front and ex-Arsenal midfielder Eddie McGoldrick.

On Doherty's inclusion they wrote: "Utility player signed by George Graham from Luton for £1m during the Scot’s popular spell as Tottenham manager. Was supposed to be a centre-half who could also operate as a centre-forward, admittedly more in the vein of Paul Warhurst than John Charles. In fact he turned out to be terrible up front, but at least there he could not make the costly mistakes at the back that eventually turned the Spurs crowd against him."

Doherty was capped 34 times for Ireland, scoring four goals, and was also part of the UEFA Under-18 Championship winning side in 1998, and the Under-20 side that got to the quarter-finals of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.

On McGoldrick's selection, they wrote: "nother signing who epitomised George Graham’s strange preference for function over flair in his last years at Arsenal, a journeyman utility man from Crystal Place brought in to give Limpar another kick up the backside. He lined up alongside Messrs Hillier, Jensen and Selley to bore the pants off everyone as the manager became convinced that a winning formula could be made from back four + Seaman + Wright + five numpties."

McGoldrick played 15 times for Ireland and was part of Jack Charlton's squad for the 1994 World Cup, though he never played.

Here is the team in full:

Goalkeeper: Alan Miller (Arsenal)

Defenders: Pal Lydersen (Arsenal), Scott Marshall (Arsenal), Goran Bunjevcevic (Tottenham), Paul Konchesky (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Jimmy Carter (Arsenal), Jason Dozzell (Tottenham), Michael Brown (Tottenham), Eddie McGoldrick (Arsenal)

Strikers: Garry Doherty (Tottenham), Glenn Helder (Arsenal.

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