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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1 Posted 07/06/2014 at 18:28:07
2 Posted 07/06/2014 at 18:59:45
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.
3 Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:48:36
4 Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:59:29
5 Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:56:48
It should be a stepping stone towards his getting the permanent move to a Champoinship club his talent deserves.
6 Posted 07/06/2014 at 22:28:01
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!
7 Posted 07/06/2014 at 22:35:03
8 Posted 08/06/2014 at 06:53:34
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.
9 Posted 08/06/2014 at 08:55:06
Now, I know he had rubbish around him so with his physique, he might still make it at that level.
10 Posted 09/06/2014 at 06:53:32
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.
11 Posted 10/06/2014 at 10:50:07
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.
12 Posted 10/06/2014 at 16:36:56
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!
13 Posted 10/06/2014 at 19:42:17
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.
14 Posted 10/06/2014 at 20:14:55
15 Posted 10/06/2014 at 20:39:02
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!
16 Posted 11/06/2014 at 07:37:37
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?
18 Posted 11/06/2014 at 18:16:06
19 Posted 11/06/2014 at 20:43:21
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