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‘I was a fish out of water, I didn’t feel like I was good enough’

Ex-Ireland man Lee enjoying busy life outside of the football 'rat race’

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Alan Lee with team-mate Roy Keane (left) during Republic of Ireland training at St Jakob Park, Basle, Switzerland in 2004. Photo: Sportsfile

Alan Lee with team-mate Roy Keane (left) during Republic of Ireland training at St Jakob Park, Basle, Switzerland in 2004. Photo: Sportsfile

Alan Lee celebrates scoring for Ipswich Town against Sunderland in 2006

Alan Lee celebrates scoring for Ipswich Town against Sunderland in 2006

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Alan Lee with team-mate Roy Keane (left) during Republic of Ireland training at St Jakob Park, Basle, Switzerland in 2004. Photo: Sportsfile

The current batch of Republic of Ireland footballers is the latest crop to find out that the peak of international football is covered with sharp rocks that can leave deep scars. 

It’s not easy, wearing green, and never has been. Former striker Alan Lee, now 42 and enjoying a life where football is a part of his world but where he’s not in what he calls the “rat race” of the professional game, ran through a maelstrom of emotions in his time as an Ireland player (2003-2006).


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