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Kenny will be praying his four Irish Saints can prosper on England's south coast

Aidan Fitzmaurice


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Shane Long will hope to improve his standing in the Ireland squad under Stephen Kenny. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Shane Long will hope to improve his standing in the Ireland squad under Stephen Kenny. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

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Michael Obafemi. Photo: via Reuters

Michael Obafemi. Photo: via Reuters

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Shane Long will hope to improve his standing in the Ireland squad under Stephen Kenny. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Some football fans in this country have a uniquely Irish habit of ignoring local clubs and instead giving their affection to the English team which employs the most Irish players.

Whether that was the Giles-era West Brom side of the 1970s, Liverpool in the '80s, Aston Villa in the '90s and the green-tinted Leeds United team of David O'Leary in the late '90s/early 2000s, plenty of people signed the football supporter's equivalent of adoption papers and took that team to their hearts, for a while at least.

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Will Ferry. Photo: Getty Images

Will Ferry. Photo: Getty Images

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Will Ferry. Photo: Getty Images

The Southampton v Sheffield United fixture on the final day of this unusual Premier League season should not, in itself, set hearts racing on this side of the Irish Sea, but with potentially seven players from the Republic of Ireland involved, it will garner attention.