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Nathan Collins may hold the key to Ireland’s midfield malaise

Tommy Conlon


Stephen Kenny has a narrow window of opportunity to add the finishing touches to his team

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‘Nathan Collins looks like a player who has a lot more to offer than the position which currently defines him.’ Photo: Eóin Noonan

‘Nathan Collins looks like a player who has a lot more to offer than the position which currently defines him.’ Photo: Eóin Noonan

‘Nathan Collins looks like a player who has a lot more to offer than the position which currently defines him.’ Photo: Eóin Noonan

Of all the things said about him so far, no one has said that Stephen Kenny has been a lucky manager. Indeed, it can well be argued that he’s been the opposite.

Next Sunday morning would be a very good time for his luck to turn, when the draw for the Euro 2024 qualifying campaigns will be held in Frankfurt. Fifty three teams spread across seven pots will be drawn and dispersed into the ten qualifying groups that will do battle between March and November next year. Twenty three teams will qualify and join Germany, the host nation, at Euro 2024. The winners and runners-up from each group will qualify automatically. The three remaining slots will be won via play-offs in March 2024. Seven of the ten groups will have five teams, the other three will have six.


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