Who are Ireland's top performers so far in Euro qualification?
Martin O'Neill's men have made a strong start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, currently occupying fourth place in Group D, level on points with Scotland and world champions Germany. In association with football betting from William Hill, Ireland's top online bookmaker, we'll take a look at some of the star performers of the campaign so far.
Having recently celebrated his 100th Irish cap, Sunderland defender John O'Shea has led the line brilliantly so far, putting in some strong defensive performances to help the side to 2 wins and a draw. The skipper's dramatic injury time equaliser against Germany could turn out to be one of the defining moments of the campaign.
At 33, O'Shea may not feature much at the tournament should Ireland qualify. Fitness permitting, however, he looks set to play a key part in the remaining group matches.
The 34 year old Millwall keeper has started in all four qualifiers so far and has been on impressive form. The stopper was instrumental in Ireland's recent draw with Germany, saving strikes from the likes of Podolski, Kroos and Gotze to help Ireland earn a very creditable draw.
Forde looks likely to retain the jersey, although he will be challenged by Kieran Westwood, who has recently kept a number of clean sheets for his club Sheffield Wednesday.
Winger McGeady is another ever-present so far. The 28 year old has caught the eye with a number of fine performances, scoring two goals. His brace against Georgia in a tricky away tie could prove to be decisive.
McGeady is also on fine form for Everton, who are going well this season in the Premier League, so expect him to retain his place for the remainder of the campaign.
Full back Coleman played a key role in Ireland's win over Georgia, putting in a fine defensive display and setting up a goal for his Everton teammate McGeady.
Coleman has played in 2 matches in the campaign so far, but he could be challenged by emerging talent Cyrus Christie, who impressed during the Republic's 4-1 friendly win over the USA.
At 34 years old, Ireland's all-time leading goal scorer Robbie Keane is coming towards the end of his international career. Despite this, the LA Galaxy striker still poses a threat in front of goal, as demonstrated by his recent hat trick in the 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar. He'll be hoping to add to his tally of 65 goals before hanging up his boots.
So what now for the rest of the campaign?
With 6 matches remaining, there is everything to play for, and Ireland look well placed to secure at least a play-off place.
The next group match takes place on Sunday 29th March 2015 against top of the table Poland. If you fancy a flutter, you can bet on the best Irish sports and a huge variety of casino games with William Hill.
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