Monday 19 March 2018

English newspaper includes two Republic of Ireland players in their 23-man 'Lions football squad'

Harry Kane, Jonny Evans and Gareth Bale
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With all five teams on the British Isles yet to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia next year, postulating if a British and Irish Lions team could win a World Cup is a bit fanciful.

But that's exactly what the Daily Telegraph have done in selecting, what they believe, is the best 22-man squad that could be assembled between the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady* are the only men deemed worthy of inclusion from within Martin O'Neill's ranks with two Northern Irishmen, three Welshmen, two Scots and the remainder from Gareth Southgate's England.

On Coleman's inclusion, Luke Edwards writes: "The Ireland captain is arguably their only world class player and you would struggle to find a better right back in Europe.

"Unlike a lot of other attacking full backs, the 28-year-old is just as strong defensively as he is going forward. The perfect professional, he is the sort of quietly determined player that demands inclusion in this squad. He would be my first choice to start too."

On Brady, he says: "He can be infuriating but he is also the creative spark in the Ireland team and his set-piece delivery is superb. The former Manchester United and Hull City player can also play in a number of different positions and could eventually grow into a number 10. At the moment, though, he is probably best deployed on the left flank."

Here is the squad in full:


Jack Butland (England)

Joe Hart (England)

Craig Gordon (Scotland)


Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland)

Ben Davies (Wales)

Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland)

John Stones (England)

Gary Cahill (England)

Kyle Walker (England)

Chris Smalling (England)


Aaron Ramsey (Wales)

Jordan Henderson (England)

Eric Dier (England)

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland)

Dele Alli (England)

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Raheem Sterling (England)


Harry Kane (England)

Marcus Rashford (England)

Danny Welbeck (England)

Leigh Griffiths (Scotland)

Daniel Sturridge (England)

*The Telegraph story first appeared with a 22-man squad but was updated to include Robbie Brady as 23 is the number of players normally permitted to travel with a team to a major tournament.

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