Tuesday 25 October 2016

Boss O'Neill should go for West' - Brady

Keiren Westwood. Photo: Sportsfile
Keiren Westwood. Photo: Sportsfile

The Republic of Ireland have, every time in the team's history, travelled to a major finals with the goalkeeping position nailed down, which is why only two men (Packie Bonner and Shay Given) have played at a major finals.

But Liam Brady feels that the position is up for grabs with the former Ireland midfielder stating a case for Keiren Westwood to get the nod on the back of his club form.

Barring injury, or a major change of heart by Martin O'Neill, Darren Randolph will start in goal against Sweden but due to his lack of football, Brady feels that Westwood should play.

"On the goalkeeping front, I think Westwood is the form goalkeeper," Brady told RTé radio. "Darren Randolph hasn't let us down and he's taken Shay Given for his experience. It's unlucky on David Forde but managers have to make these decisions.


"Westwood is the goalkeeper most on form, arguably he's our first pick. Darren Randolph doesn't play much for West Ham - but he hasn't let us down when he's played, he's played well.

"I can understand the way Martin has gone with the goalkeepers. It's hard for David because he's done well but that's the situation."

Ireland will have the oldest squad at Euro 2016 and Brady bemoaned the fact that, while youngsters like Jack Byrne and Callum O'Dowda flirted with the squad, no young players have broken into the squad.

"It's a bit sad that we haven't seen anyone appear in the last year that could push themselves into that squad," Brady added.

"You've seen Marcus Rashford do it for England over the last six months, and Dele Alli, the two boys are going in the England squad to the Euros. We don't have that problem and it's a sad indictment of the standard of player that we have at the moment."

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