Everton trio make Ireland squad

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Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady have been included in Martin O'Neill's final 23 for Euro2016.

There is no place for Darron Gibson, however, who was deemed surplus requirements despite starting this evening's friendly defeat to Belarus.

Coleman was on the bench for the Republic's final warm-up match but McCarthy wasn't risked due to a thigh injury. Shane Long scored Ireland's only goal in a 2-1 defeat from which McGeady and Gibson were withdrawn in the second half.

The squad also includes ex-Everton defender Shane Duffy who still plies his trade with Blackburn Rovers.

O'Neill's announcement just before the Uefa deadline rounds out Everton's representatives at this summer's European Championships which are as follows:

Ross Barkley (England), John Stones (England), Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Seamus Coleman (Rep. of Ireland), James McCarthy (Rep. of Ireland), Aiden McGeady (Rep. of Ireland), Shani Tarashaj (Switzerland)


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Paul Conway
2 Posted 31/05/2016 at 19:41:22
Martin O'Neill obviously has to make up the numbers. McGeady is chronically bad!
Tony Draper
3 Posted 31/05/2016 at 19:44:40
Just have to have mixed feelings for Gibbo.

That whole drink/meds shambles? Was that the underlying reason he just never got back to "match fitness"? Van der Shandy Syndrome?

He looks lean & mean again. So go on Darron, make us proud lad. Apply the "Bomber Bellew", philosophy… Otherwise, fuck off you self pitying sod and crawl into the bottom of your vintage single malt.

McGeady? Just jog on lad.
Jog on.

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 31/05/2016 at 19:51:54

I wondered if it was the other way around with the injuries driving him to drink. Either way, when Moyes was here, he did very well for us. I even think he did well on the few occasions he was fit under Martinez.

I'd give him a 12-month deal and see how he does. He may decline and look for a longer deal elsewhere which is understandable but I'd be loathe to give him a new long-term deal.

Paul Kossoff
5 Posted 31/05/2016 at 20:01:51
No deal's for Gibson, McGeady, Kone, Osman, Pienaar, Hibbert.
I hope both Gibson and McGeady go to the Euros and do well only so we can sell them.

With a new manager coming in we really have to have a clean sweep of the squad, no favours. It's going to be a massive rebuild of Everton. I hope we choose the right man.

Ian Bennett
6 Posted 31/05/2016 at 20:06:22
Gibson is a top player, but unless he would accept pay as you play deal - you have to let go.
Tony Draper
7 Posted 31/05/2016 at 20:12:08
Kieran, I'm throwing the challenge to Darron. Which ever way that it was, it's HIS career, for HIM to grasp and reignite!

If he hasn't got the fuckin nuts, then he drives a fabulous car from a terrific house, but he's welcome to drive my van, fill my skips, and make the tea. £50 notes per 12 hour day? I can't afford more!

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 31/05/2016 at 20:12:53
Pienaar and Hibbert probably need to retire. Too old, slow and injury prone to continue. Gibson is in danger of going the way of Owen Hargreaves but is worth a punt for someone. Osman could probably play a year or two more at a lower level but at this point we have better squad options with the Under-21s.
Paul Kossoff
9 Posted 31/05/2016 at 21:04:49
Tony 7, if Gibson doesn't want the job I'll take it!!!
Trevor Lynes
10 Posted 31/05/2016 at 21:05:40
God only knows what you see in Gibson... he has been really well paid for doing nothing and has brought the clubs name into disrepute with his drunk driving and then trying to escape the police after ploughing into cyclists. He should be in jail never mind playing football at his very leisurely pace.

The Irish must be scraping the barrel if they cannot find eleven players better than McGeady and Gibson. Man Utd did well dumping Gibson on us. I have no time for any footballer who cannot act professionally when so many working men and women perform diligently at their jobs for far less.

Tony Draper
11 Posted 31/05/2016 at 21:28:10

Deal, Done, Sorted,

BTW, here's why.........

Tom Cuffe
12 Posted 31/05/2016 at 21:51:46
Gibson was truly shocking tonight and was substituted mid way through the 2nd half. He's not worthy of a place In the reserves. If he's on the plane to the Euros, it will be nothing short of a miracle.

As for McGeady, same old story: no end product, pity really.

We will be doing well if we can loan them out for next season.

Geoff Risebrow
13 Posted 31/05/2016 at 22:46:54
I really liked Gibson when he was fit but it has been clear for a long time that he will never be fit for more than a handful of games at a time which is a real shame and therefore means he has to be released this summer.

Although McGeady has good technically ability, he flatters to deceve and his attitude is questionable. He is very close to being the deluded one's worst signing.

Mick Davies
14 Posted 31/05/2016 at 22:55:03
Surprisingly, Gibbo's missed out, but McGeady is included... Evertonian Jon Walters is going, and of course Seamus and Jimmy Mc
Geoff Risebrow
15 Posted 31/05/2016 at 23:19:25
I disagree Mick #14. Not surprising that Gibson has missed out (always injured) and McGeady has been selected (has always been a regular in the squad and does have talent which Ireland don't have a lot of) although I wish them well and I hope Seamus and James do well.
Jim Jennings
16 Posted 31/05/2016 at 23:30:12

No surprise to anyone who follows Ireland that Gibbo missed out. Martin O'Neill was always going to pick fellas like Meyler, Quinn and Hendrick that will run all day, over a less workmanlike but more creative ball player. McGeady has benefitted from being a favourite of O'Neill going back to his Celtic days.

Steavey Buckley
17 Posted 31/05/2016 at 23:38:43
Gibson was badly injured with ROI some time ago when he should have not played. Although warned at the time not to play anymore international football to concentrate on helping Everton. So it was ROI who has shown Gibson no favours as he looks to build a career somewhere else on less money than at Everton.
Mick Davies
18 Posted 31/05/2016 at 23:44:15
Jim @ 16, you're probably right with McGeady and favouritism, but I thought with the withdrawal of Arter, there would definitely be a place for Gibson; maybe he falls foul of his international gaffers as well as his club bosses.
Kieran Fitzgerald
19 Posted 01/06/2016 at 07:27:54
Gibson has shown himself to be fit over the last two months and has played more football than McGeady. With his eye for a pass and creating forward momentum I would have thought he was just as valid an option as McGeady.

Over the course of the domestic season neither player has shown enough to deserve a place in an international squad but it says alot about our options.

Thomas Surgenor
20 Posted 01/06/2016 at 07:43:25
Shop window time for McGeady. Is his contract up this summer or can we manage any paltry fee to get him off our books?
Mark Fitzgerald
21 Posted 01/06/2016 at 08:53:07
Watched the Irish game last night in my home town of Cork. Both McGeady & Gibson were given starting roles and a chance to impress. Unfortunately both failed miserably.

Gibson didn't stand out in a central midfield role and a string of misplaced passes and a pretty ordinary performance has led to him losing out to the likes of Reading's Stephen Quinn – enough said.

McGeady was typical McGeady; plenty of possession, glimpses of his undoubted talent, but very, very little end product. Should have been hauled off in the first half and should consider himself extremely fortunate to have made the cut. This, I presume, is down to O'Neill's unwavering (some may say misplaced) loyalty to the player.

Can't see any future for either of them at Everton. And I say that as an Irish fan who loves to have Irish players at our club. Also delighted to see Shane Duffy make the cut. He played at the weekend against the Dutch and put in another solid defensive showing.

Shane Corcoran
22 Posted 01/06/2016 at 09:47:15
Steavey, Gibson's injury for Ireland was unrelated to any injury he had previously. Who told him he shouldn't play for Ireland?

McGeady would've been picked if he was playing in the Leauge of Ireland. O'Neill sees him as one of few players that can create something out of nothing. He's a 15 minute chase the game substitute.

Nobody can say that Gibson deserved to go but I'd have brought him. We have a midfield short of any creativity other than Hoolahan. Quinn, Meyler, Hendrick, McCarthy and Whelan makes for depressing reading if a game needs to be chased.

Much like the game at the Hawthorns last autumn, Gibson would've given the team something different if they were in need of a late goal.

For all the abuse that McGeady took on here for sitting on his arse and not leaving in January so that he could hold on to his wages (which made no sense as the move was always going to be a loan), Darron did exactly that and not a word of criticism.

I wish he was going but I have no sympathy for him.

Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 01/06/2016 at 10:01:04
As long as you're going yourself Shane! Been waiting for you to post on Ireland. No sympathy = I wish you really wanted it more, with regards to Darren Gibson?

Actually think Ireland will spring up a surprise. Hope they spring up a couple, and they get through to the knock-out stages, out of a very tough group. COYBIG!

Shane Corcoran
24 Posted 01/06/2016 at 12:48:51
Tony, I'm going but only if I can get the mother of all insurance problems sorted with ten days to spare. The whole process has put years on me.

What I mean with Gibson is that, all things being equal, he should be on the plan and in the team as he's a very good player. Him not being there at his peak is detrimental to the team.

However, he didn't move in January to get playing time (I have to assume someone would have taken him). He had to know that moving was important and I'd be pretty sure O'Neill told him as much.

So he didn't want it and therefore it's the Irish fans I feel sorry for. Until we get the beer in our hands at least.

Tickets sorted for two of the three games so just one obstacle to get over.

Barry McNally
25 Posted 01/06/2016 at 14:04:06
Thomas @ 20, we're stuck with him for another two years so going to cost us a conservative estimate of at least £4m in wages, £10m over his 4.5 year contract.
Trevor Lynes
26 Posted 01/06/2016 at 14:12:23
If EFC want to realistically challenge for any trophy then we must clear out players who are not top notch. None of the top sides would have any of our older players nor one's who have not played regularly. We will be getting shut of at least ten players and probably more.

If Moshiri is honest about wanting European football then we must shop really well and add at least two or three proven star players plus young players with definite potential. Perhaps we have a few already on the books who will save us some money, but we are needing to bring in a lot of new blood to excite the fans and revitalize the squad.

I hope that Moshiri and his new manager can persuade Lukaku and Stones to stay alongside Barkley. But we still desperately need a top play maker and another forward player who can guarantee double figures in goals scored. I hope that we keep Robles, Coleman, Stones, Holgate, Pennington, Galloway, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barkley, Dowell, Davies, Jagielka and Baines. I am not sure about Funes Mori, Besic or Oviedo as I do not think they are top quality.

Unfortunately, Barry, Pienaar, Osman and Hibbert are on borrowed time. McGeady, Kone and Gibson are nowhere near good enough to be considered. Niassie was a bad signing in my opinion. I would hang on to Mirallas and Lennon as subs. Deulofeu is another who might become a top player but will he stay?

Any new manager is going to need the whole of the pre season period to weigh up the present squad and use whatever transfer fund he is given wisely. He will need to have lots of man management skill if he is to hang on to Lukaku and Stones. God help us one and all!!

James Hughes
27 Posted 01/06/2016 at 16:07:42
I have just been reading Roy Keane's comments after the last game and shock defeat to Belarus and it's no surprise on his view on McGeady. We need to make a deal and pay him off IMO

Keane said that he gave McGeady "credit" for seeking more action at Wednesday but admitted he was disappointed with the winger's display.

"He can do a lot better but maybe that's the story of Aiden's career," added Keane.


Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 01/06/2016 at 17:17:02
when they have to pay for the ale, is when I will feel sorry for the Irish fans Shane! I know you are already in the Euro, but if that trip to Lille, is anything to go by, then you are going to need Brewsters.

It wouldn't be the same without a bit of drama before the boats sailed though, so I hope you sort out your insurance in time!

Don Alexander
29 Posted 01/06/2016 at 20:02:13
Just watched Keano in his post-match and I have to say that I'd LOVE to get some of his attitude into as many of our squad as possible. No, I don't want him as manager but football is a mans game and getting minted for life in the process leaves no excuse at all for shirking by any player these days, regardless of anything.
Andy Crooks
30 Posted 01/06/2016 at 20:11:59
Roy Keane gets it. But he could be great for Everton,he could lead a revolution here. Right man, right time, right chemistry. Most likely, it would be,however, sergeant major, prima donnas, sulks and disaster.

Eugene Ruane has got it right. We are about to throw the dice.( By the way Eugene put me right if I have misread you) but we can plan, interview, and get it right or wrong.

Shane Corcoran
31 Posted 01/06/2016 at 21:01:18
Cheers Tony. I think we're just about sorted.

It's never dull with Roy. Listening to him and remembering him play three days after watching Pepe for Real Madrid is an eye opener for the modern game.

I wouldn't let him manage an U-10 team though. He doesn't have the tolerance for players that are inferior to him when he played. And that's a lot of players.

Mick Davies
33 Posted 01/06/2016 at 23:28:20
James @ 27, Roy Keane hit the nail on the head re McGeady and his career; he could do a lot better - but rarely bothers. He's a waste of a talented player, and we can't afford to pay timewasters at Everton - hope someone takes him off our hands this summer
Don Alexander
34 Posted 01/06/2016 at 23:32:11
I suspect that our Seamus has a spirit similar to Keano's. I know some say Seamus has just had a moderate season at best but he was one of the few in April 2015 to come out and say the team had repeatedly won (post the Kiev away battering) by playing "the old Everton way", more or less saying that Martinez was cack in the process. I like and admire the lad.

If we get a manager NOT as BK understands that term I think we could do worse than let Seamus off the leash as captain to inject some steel to certain others whilst the game's afoot, not just in the vacuous quotes required by the Press after yet another defeat.

Kieran Kinsella
35 Posted 01/06/2016 at 23:43:29
We all want to get rid of McGeady but who's going to take him? Dropped in Moscow, crap at Everton, crap at Sheff Wed, crap for Ireland. He's on 50k a week but l can't see any team that can pay more than a third of that even wanting to take a risk on him. Best case we heavily subsidize his wages at a league 1 team. Worst case he's our Winston Bogarde
Don Alexander
36 Posted 01/06/2016 at 00:02:13
Keiran, when it comes to our Winston Bogarde have you forgotten about The Incredible One's last "gift" to us, Niasse?

I could go on with Delboy (a lot to do to even get fitness, never mind Premier league level), Funes-Mori (may have the fitness but not the pace, but jury's still out on EPL suitability) but the endless night of being an Everton fan grinds ever onwards.

Kieran Kinsella
37 Posted 02/06/2016 at 00:05:25
Niasse is more in the Ali Daie category. Like one of those Nigerian lotto scams. Del Boy is an interesting one. I get the impression he's a lazy git. Maybe another manager could turn him around although Emery and Enrique tried and failed.

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