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Slovakia for a one-off game is made for Shane Long - it's time he came in from the cold

Richard Dunne


It's time for the Long exile to end

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Long has started six out of Southampton’s last seven games and won praise from his manager for his contribution. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

Long has started six out of Southampton’s last seven games and won praise from his manager for his contribution. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

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Long has started six out of Southampton’s last seven games and won praise from his manager for his contribution. Photo: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

It's a while now since Shane Long last played for Ireland but the play-off against Slovakia next month is the time for him to come in from the cold. 

Maybe Shane was hard done by in not making the Ireland squad last year.

If you look at his scoring record over the last year or 18 months, it's not great and maybe the manager was looking at that, thinking that he needed goals and needed to look around.