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Saturday 16 December 2017

Euro 2012 Diary

McCarthy a model professional

McCarthy a model professional

SOMETIMES, speaking to the press after training has its advantages. James McCarthy was kept back to have a chat yesterday, meaning that the others on the bus could only look on as three ubiquitous Dublin models arrived at Gannon Park for a '3' Mobile photoshoot.

So, while snappers took the usual shots of the girls suggestively posing in Irish kit with their '3' handsets and a token football or two, they spotted the opportunity to give the pic that little bit more star quality.

McCarthy was duly brought in to pose with his new friends, subsequently receiving the congratulations of the FAI's omnipresent security guard, Tony Hickey.

Coleman stays philosophical

OTHER times, speaking to the press can be a curse. Seamus Coleman had happily chatted away before scans revealed that a knock on his ankle was enough to rule him out of tomorrow's qualifier.

Coleman had resigned himself to the fact that Kevin Foley was getting a starting place anyway, and accepted Giovanni Trapattoni's reasoning that he lacked top-level experience at right-back.

That said, he still believes he has plenty to offer in his preferred defensive role. "At the end of the day, he's the manager and it's his decision," Coleman (right) had said.

"Kevin has done fantastic this season, playing right-back for Wolves.

"I probably still know more about right-back than I do of right-wing to be honest, but if he's going for Kevin, I think he deserves it."

no green light for phelan

Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has revealed he wanted to play for Ireland during his career, but was rejected.

"When you put yourself forward and nobody takes it on board or picks you, what are you supposed to do?" said Phelan, who went on to line out for England.

quote of the day

"I could tell you that -- but I'd have to kill you after."

Alan Kelly suggests there is more to it when asked why in-form QPR 'keeper Paddy Kenny wasn't included in this squad.

number of the day

9 Amount of seconds that Ireland were away from Euro 2000 qualification before conceding a last-minute equaliser to Macedonia 12 years ago, as current goalkeeping coach and then netminder Kelly ruefully recalled yesterday.

Irish Independent

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