Tuesday 20 February 2018

Murphy gets Irish call-up

BRIAN MURPHY has been called into the Ireland squad for Tuesday's international friendly match with Brazil at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Bohemians goalkeeper, who has broken into the first team at Ipswich Town in the last fortnight, replaces his Scunthorpe namesake Joe Murphy, who has a wrist injury.

Meanwhile, Stephen Hunt has emerged as an injury doubt. The winger missed Hull City's friendly match with Galway United at Terryland Park last night with a foot problem and may not be risked in London considering he faces a huge relegation battle at club level.

  • THE Northern Irish FA is taking a case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to discuss the issue of player eligibility after losing a number of players to the Republic.

They are disgusted at losing talented Everton central defender Shane Duffy who represented the province at u-21 level before switching sides although, with a Donegal father, the 18-year-old was within his rights to switch.

However, the IFA are disappointed to have lost players such as Darron Gibson and Marc Wilson. Players from the North have the right to choose to declare for the Republic, given the special circumstances.

Belfast authorities feel they 'are at a clear disadvantage over all other 206 Associations.'

Irish Independent

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