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Sunday 11 December 2016

John O'Shea: Poor home record must end now

John O'Shea, James McClean and Damian Duff
John O'Shea, James McClean and Damian Duff

JOHN O'Shea (left) wants the Euro 2016 date with Scotland in Dublin to be the day when the Irish side's poor home record starts to change.

Since the superb 1-0 win over Holland in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers, home wins in competitive games have been very hard to come by and now, a win at home to the Scots is essential if the Irish team are to have any chance of making it to France 2016.

O'Shea wasn't involved for that defeat of Holland 14 years ago and he is keen for some Home Rule. "Let's change it," says O'Shea.

"Everything is negative, negative. We need to qualify for a tournament. We need to get results at home. Now would be a good time to start getting it, against not just Scotland, but you go back to results against teams that are ranked above us, we haven't been getting results at home. Getting draws is not enough, we need to get wins."

Martin O'Neill's squad will train for the first time in Dublin this afternoon to prepare for the England/Scotland double header.

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