Tuesday 20 February 2018

'I remember with great fondness his outstanding performance and wonderful goal against Sweden' - Martin O'Neill pays tribute to Wes Hoolahan

Wes Hoolahan of Republic of Ireland shakes hands with manager Martin O'Neill
Wes Hoolahan of Republic of Ireland shakes hands with manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill has paid tribute to Wes Hoolahan following the playmaker's decision to retire from international football.

Like Giovanni Trapattoni before him, O'Neill was often criticised for not giving the industrious Hoolahan more game time.

As exclusively revealed by Aidan Fitzmaurice in this morning's Herald, Hoolahan called O'Neill last week to inform him he is joining Daryl Murphy in hanging up his international boots.

"Wes phoned me last week to let me know about retiring from international football. I remember, with great fondness, his outstanding performance and wonderful goal, against Sweden in Paris during the EUROs," said O'Neill.

"His desire to play for his country was immeasurable and he was a delight to work with over the past four years.

"Naturally, I wish Wes the very best of luck with his career at club level."

FAI CEO John Delaney added that the Dubliner is a role model for kids in Ireland, citing his late progression from the League of Ireland to international football.

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"There is no doubt in my mind that Wes Hoolahan will be remembered as one of the most technically gifted players ever to pull on the Ireland jersey," said Delaney.

"I think a lot of credit should go to both Belvedere and Shelbourne, who helped to develop a talented kid into a skilled professional who would go on to score that superb goal against Sweden in the Stade de France at EURO 2016.

"Wes made his name in the League of Ireland with a fantastic Shelbourne side and he was always proud of that. I think he is the perfect role model for young players aspiring to reach the top because he worked hard for everything that he got and embraced his time representing his country.

"We would like to pay tribute to Wes at the Aviva Stadium for his contribution to Irish football, at a time that suits him. Wes and his family are welcome to the Aviva Stadium at any time."

Wes Hoolahan International Career

Caps: 43

Goals: 3

Debut: v Colombia, London, May 29, 2008

First Goal: v Poland, Aviva Stadium, February 6, 2013

List of Games Played

29/05/2008: Ireland 1-0 Colombia, London

14/11/2012: Ireland 0-1 Greece, Aviva Stadium

06/02/2013: Ireland 2-0 Poland, Aviva Stadium

22/03/2013: Sweden 0-0 Ireland, Stockholm

02/06/2013: Ireland 4-0 Georgia, Aviva Stadium

07/06/2013: Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands, Aviva Stadium

14/08/2013: Wales 0-0 Ireland, Cardiff

15/10/2013: Ireland 3-1 Kazakhstan, Aviva Stadium

15/11/2013: Ireland 3-0 Latvia, Aviva Stadium

19/11/2013: Poland 0-0 Ireland, Poznan

05/03/2014: Ireland 1-2 Serbia, Aviva Stadium

25/05/2014: Ireland 1-2 Turkey, Aviva Stadium

31/05/2014: Ireland 0-0 Italy, London

07/06/2014: Ireland 1-1 Costa Rica, Philadelphia

10/06/2014: Ireland 1-5 Portugal, New York

03/09/2014: Ireland 2-0 Oman, Aviva Stadium

11/10/2014: Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar, Aviva Stadium

14/10/2014: Ireland 1-1 Germany, Aviva Stadium

29/03/2015: Ireland 1-1 Poland, Aviva Stadium

13/06/2015: Ireland 1-1 Scotland, Aviva Stadium

04/09/2015: Gibraltar 0-4 Ireland, Faro

07/09/2015: Ireland 1-0 Georgia, Aviva Stadium

08/10/2015: Ireland 1-0 Germany, Aviva Stadium

11/10/2015: Poland 2-1 Ireland, Warsaw

13/11/2015: Bosnia & Herzegovina 1-1 Ireland, Zenica

16/11/2015: Ireland 2-0 Bosnia & Herzegovina, Aviva Stadium

25/03/2016: Ireland 1-0 Switzerland, Aviva Stadium

29/03/2016: Ireland 2-2 Slovakia, Aviva Stadium

27/05/2016: Ireland 1-1 Netherlands, Aviva Stadium

31/05/2016: Ireland 1-2 Belarus, Turner's Cross

13/06/2016: Ireland 1-1 Sweden, Paris

18/06/2016: Belgium 3-0 Ireland, Bordeaux

22/06/2016: Italy 0-1 Ireland, Lille

26/06/2016: France 2-1 Ireland, Lyon

31/08/2016: Ireland 4-0 Oman, Aviva Stadium

09/10/2016: Moldova 1-3 Ireland, Chisinau

12/11/2016: Austria 0-1 Ireland, Vienna

01/06/2017: Mexico 3-1 Ireland, New Jersey

04/06/2017: Ireland 3-1 Uruguay, Aviva Stadium

11/06/2017: Ireland 1-1 Austria, Aviva Stadium

05/09/2017: Ireland 0-1 Serbia, Aviva Stadium

06/10/2017: Ireland 2-0 Moldova, Aviva Stadium

14/11/2017: Ireland 1-5 Denmark, Aviva Stadium

List of Goals Scored

06/02/2013: Ireland 2-0 Poland, Aviva Stadium

11/10/2014: Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar, Aviva Stadium

13/06/2016: Ireland 1-1 Sweden, Paris

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