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Sunday 22 April 2018

10-year wait to end for Doyle

Debut: Colin Doyle
Debut: Colin Doyle

Colin Doyle will end a 10-year wait to escape from being a one-cap-wonder when he starts in goal for Ireland in Turkey tonight.

With his three senior goalkeepers missing for the friendly in Antalya, Martin O'Neill has dipped deep into his resources to find someone to wear the gloves against Turkey, and Doyle (32) will start the game, O'Neill has confirmed.

It has been a long time (10 years and 304 days, to be exact) since Doyle made his senior debut, in a friendly against Ecuador in the USA under Steve Staunton.

It was suggested that O'Neill would give a senior debut, from the start, to young Manchester United prospect Kieran O'Hara but instead Cork native Doyle will get the nod.

It's not the longest-ever wait for a cap, as Alex Stevenson had a 14-year gap between caps when he played, World Ward Two one of the reasons for the long pause, but Doyle's time has now come, a little bit of history as he will also become the first player to play in a senior interntional while on the books of Bradford City.

"If he comes through the final training session I think I would hand that to Doyle," O'Neill said before training in Antalya last night.

"Doyle has been with us for some considerable time, so there might be an opportunity for him.

"I think O'Hara is still learning the game and initially he would have been coming to join us here more for the experience than anything else but I wouldn't be thinking of starting him in the game."

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