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Republic of Ireland duo, Séamus Coleman and Troy Parrott, during a training session at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland duo, Séamus Coleman and Troy Parrott, during a training session at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland duo, Séamus Coleman and Troy Parrott, during a training session at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The eyes of the football world are back on a game involving Ireland, just not in the way Stephen Kenny would have envisaged.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that a fair chunk of the global viewers whose news feeds are clogged with pictures of events in the Algarve this evening will have minimal awareness of their presence.


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