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Kerr hails island life

Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr has nothing but admiration for his Faroe Islands part-timers even though they traditionally struggle in competitive action.

With a total population of 47,000, the Faroes have lost all four games in the campaign so far. Next up is a Euro 2012 qualifier against improving Northern Ireland tonight in Toftir.

"There are a lot of very positive things, not least the passion of the players," Kerr said. "They love the challenge of taking on the best even if they do have to report for work at 9.0 the following morning.

"You can't help getting involved and feeling for them, when they are giving it their all."

Kerr spoke of a light-hearted moment during the defeat by Serbia.

"Our captain was quite put out when things started getting a bit hot and (Dejan) Stankovic turned to him and said: 'You're only a so-and-so fisherman.' He felt very insulted and said: 'I'm not a fisherman, I'm a carpenter!'"

Irish Independent