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Duffy earns first cap for Ireland

by | 07/06/2014  Comments (19)  jump
Shane Duffy is a full Republic of Ireland international after making his senior debut for his country in a friendly with Costa Rica yesterday.

The 22 year-old Everton defender has been a regular for Ireland's U21s for a while now but made his senior bow in Philadelphia in a 1-1 draw that was a World Cup warm-up game for the Central Americans.

Celso Borges cancelled out Kevin Doyle's opener with a second-half penalty and Robbie Keane later missed the chance to win the match from the spot.

Costa Rica played the second period with 10 men after Giancarlo Gonzalez was sent off for elbowing Doyle. The Blues' other representative in the squad, winger Aiden McGeady, came on for the last 22 minutes.  

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Colin Williams
1 Posted 07/06/2014 at 18:28:07
Congratulations, Big Man! You deserved your chance. Also, welcome back to Goodison, we need you!
Mark Frere
2 Posted 07/06/2014 at 18:59:45
Congratulations, Shane.

Hopefully he can have an impressive pre-season and adapt to Martinez's style of football. Stones without doubt, is a Martinez type player; lets hope Duffy can improve his distribution enough to be part of Bobby's plans.

With all the extra games this coming season, its the best opportunity Shane will ever get. This season is do-or-die for him.

Brin Williams
3 Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:48:36
Any news on Oviedo – will he get a game for Costa Rica any time soon?
Dennis Stevens
4 Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:59:29
Oviedo's out of the World Cup, Brin, so he ain't gonna play any international footie for a good while. Probably have to work his way back with Everton first.
Malcolm Joyner
5 Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:56:48
I'm made up for the guy, just as I am for all our players who make it into their national sides.

It should be a stepping stone towards his getting the permanent move to a Champoinship club his talent deserves.

Drew Shortis
6 Posted 07/06/2014 at 22:28:01
Another full international in the squad is a good thing and will give the lad more top level experience. I remember years ago when Keown was our only England international and one of the few current internationals in the squad. Nowadays we have eighteen!

I was just reading about Shkodran Mustafi being called into the German national team in place of Marco Reus. Looks like we missed out on that one!

Patrick Murphy
7 Posted 07/06/2014 at 22:35:03
Malcolm - why have you written off Shane's chances of making the Everton first team? Centre-halves are very often late developers I'm not saying the lad will definitely make it but if he works hard and applies himself you never know.
Darren Hind
8 Posted 08/06/2014 at 06:53:34
Absolutely Patrick.

Shane gets unfair stick in my opinion. He clearly isn't the quickest over 20 yards but that should only matter if you are playing a really high line – Roberto's teams, generally don't.

From what I have seen, his distribution is no worse than Distin's or Jagielka's. However, unlike either of them, his is likely to improve, especially under a manager whose midfield players are encouraged to make that part of the game easier for centre-halves.

In terms of positioning, strength and heading ability, he looks the part. I would hate to let this guy go, only to see him flourish with another prem team.

Congratulations, Shane, son... now prove to the world you can make the next step.

Malcolm Joyner
9 Posted 08/06/2014 at 08:55:06
Patrick, I watch a lot of Football League highlights and lost count of the times he could have been held responsible for Yeovil conceding.

Now, I know he had rubbish around him so with his physique, he might still make it at that level.

Danny Kewley
10 Posted 09/06/2014 at 06:53:32
Fair play to young Shane representing his country his family must have been very proud.

I remember Tony Adams as a youngster was a right carthorse but with the guidance of Wenger became an accomplished player. So hopefully Bobby can bring out the best in the lad, he deserves a break.

Brian Maitland
11 Posted 10/06/2014 at 10:50:07
'Young' shane? Duffy is 23, that's not that young in relative terms when it comes to football. Duffy is not good enough for a team with Champions League aspirations. He is a very slow developer, lacks pace and has little vision on the pitch.

Malcolm is entirely right as well, I have kept an eye on Duffy and he has proven to be nothing but a liability. I think some of the Irish Evertonians need to remove their green-tainted specs and see him for what he is. Time for Roberto to bring in some genuine potential in his place.

Danny Kewley
12 Posted 10/06/2014 at 16:36:56
Speaking through blue-tinted glasses having been born in the Everton area of Liverpool Brian. I think you're being a tintzy wintzy bit negative towards young Shane (22).

Let's face it, he aint no Beckenbauer but he is a trier and his progress was bound to be slow having sustained such a terrible injury as he did. However, the article was about an Everton player getting a full cap for his country, so well done, Shane!

Andy Crooks
13 Posted 10/06/2014 at 19:42:17
Well. I knew this time would come. It's time to hold my hands up and admit that my evangelical support for Duffy was misguided at best. Why? Brian Maitland has spoken. He has, "kept and eye on Duffy," and hasn't liked what he has seen. Well, Brian, my "green tinted specs, sorry"tainted" are off, tramped on and fucked in the bin.

I don't know what games Brian has "kept an eye on". The first team games he played for Everton and performed admirably? The man of the match games for Yeovil? As Danny has said this thread was about a young, sorry a 23-year-old, Evertonian getting an international cap. But why not put the boot in by way of celebration. Nice one Brian.

Peter Foy
14 Posted 10/06/2014 at 20:14:55
I always liked him since I first seen him play. He will be a excellent player once he gets his chance. I just hope its with Everton and he doesn't become another Mustafi.
Dave Williams
15 Posted 10/06/2014 at 20:39:02
I can't understand the negativity some people show towards our players especially youngsters who come up through the ranks. It seems like some get their kicks from criticising everything about our club rather than adopting Roberto's positivity and praising our players instead.

Naismith showed last season that if a player is given a proper chance he can turn into a real asset and Shane will hopefully be the same. Give the lad some encouragement for heaven's sake!

Brian Maitland
16 Posted 11/06/2014 at 07:37:37
So, even when experienced managers like Moyes and Trap didn't have faith in Duffy, I'm shocked to discover that the great footballing mastermind, Andy Crooks, once had "evangelical support" for a player that has failed to convince even Martinez. Better "tramping" on those green tainted-specs, Andy.

I wonder did Moyes, Trap and Roberto also miss these games where he performed "admirably"? In fact maybe we could change our motto to "nothing but 'admirably' for Yeovil is good enough" – just to suit the young teenage protege trapped in a 23-year-old's body?

Ah well... how'd he do against Portugal? What do you mean he was injured? Surely not?

James Stewart
18 Posted 11/06/2014 at 18:16:06
He's not good enough for the first team. Harsh but true. Saying that, I would rather it was him on the bench than Alcaraz.
Danny Kewley
19 Posted 11/06/2014 at 20:43:21
He is 22 and has time on his side for a centre half. I reckon he will make it!


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