IT says something for the success of Irish players in the Premier League that Leon Best's hat-trick last week has catapulted him to joint top Irish scorer in the division. Best has joined Seamus Coleman, Jonathan Walters and Ciaran Clark on three goals.
When it comes to appearances, there is a small crumb of comfort for Giovanni Trapattoni, but the man who leads the list , Kevin Foley, is unlikely to be first choice in the manager's plans. Foley has started each of Wolves' 21 league games and notched two goals in the process, with another right-sided player in Coleman second on the list with 18 starts.
Of those who started Ireland's last competitive game in Zilina, Richard Dunne and Keith Fahey have both reached double figures, but Shay Given hasn't started a league game this season, Robbie Keane has just two starts to his name and John O'Shea nine, and barring a move or a remarkable change in fortunes, none of the three are likely to get too many more before the next competitive game against Macedonia in March.