Sunday 21 January 2018

Wes joins up with Bale


IRELAND international Wes Hoolahan (below) has been honoured with a place on the Championship's team of the decade, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

The Football League handed out its first batch of awards at a ceremony in London last night, where Preston striker Joe Garner - a possible recruit for Ireland - was picked as the League One player of the year while Patrick Bamford was voted player of the year in the Championship. Bamford was capped once at U18 level by Ireland but has since opted to play for England, though Martin O'Neill has not given up hope of luring the forward back to the Ireland fold.

There was also an award for the "11 outstanding players from the last 10 years who have excelled in the competitions of The Football League" and Dubliner Hoolahan earned a place in midfield in a side that also included Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Hoolahan, who turns 33 next month, is a vital presence in a Norwich City side which is still in the hunt for promotion, though hopes of automatic promotion suffered a blow with Friday's defeat to Middlesbrough.

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