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Ireland's striking dirty dozen: Who will be handed the mission to shoot down Slovakia in Euro playoff?

Can any of these 12 forwards provide the spark in front of goal that Irish fans crave?

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David McGoldrick in action for the Republic of Ireland during their November 18 qualifier against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium

David McGoldrick in action for the Republic of Ireland during their November 18 qualifier against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium

David McGoldrick in action for the Republic of Ireland during their November 18 qualifier against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium

For a side that has badly struggled for goals, Mick McCarthy has a luxury of striker options for Ireland’s upcoming Euro play-off semi-final in Slovakia. 

Here we compare the club statistics this season for the 12 contenders, with less than half of that due to make the final cut.

History has proved that in a typical 23-man squad, the Ireland manager has chosen five, sometimes only four, strikers.