Tuesday 24 April 2018

Video: "He's my love child!' - Eamon Dunphy salutes inspirational Wes Hoolahan

Eamon Dunphy
Eamon Dunphy
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Three of Ireland's most experienced football men sat in the RTÉ studio after one of the country's greatest - and most surprising- wins and were absolutely floored.

Liam Brady, John Giles and Eamon Dunphy have seen almost everything in their lives playing and following the Irish team.

But not this.

"I thought we needed a miracle and I’ve just seen it," Brady said.

"That is the greatest result for Ireland since 2001. I know we qualified for the Euros under Trapattoni but to beat the world champions was incredible."

"[It was] a treat to be here to see that tonight."

After Ireland beat Georgia last month, Dunphy said this German team was poor and Ireland could beat them, but after seeing the 'severely weakened' Irish team, he tipped the visitors to win.

True to form, after Ireland pulled off the massive victory, Dunphy flip-flopped spectacularly once more.

"I always believed," Dunphy said.

"You never go around saying you can’t beat teams. Germany came here with arrogance, they didn’t have a go."

"There were lots of signs of their arrogance and complacency," he continued.

"They didn’t do themselves justice as footballers.

"We should never say we can’t beat teams. You have to want to do it before you can do it and the players wanted to do it."

Wes Hoolahan was given the man of the match award, and after Dunphy launched into a lengthy monologue about the midfielder's virtues, Brady commented on his colleague's love for the Dubliner.

"He's my love child!," Dunphy joked.

"Wes Hoolahan, in exile for five years, at 33 years of age, was magnificent"

Tonight's result sets up a bumper day of sport this Sunday, with Ireland taking on France in the Rugby World Cup before the footballers play Poland later on in the evening. John Giles mentioned how important the victory was to give Irish football a boost and wrestle some of the spotlight away from the oval ball.

"It gives the football community a lift," Giles said.

"We wish the rugby team well but we are soccer men and it is great for the game in Ireland."

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