Later on Wednesday evening, Ireland take on Scotland in an international friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium, and there’s one Irish performer who’s ready to reach a personal milestone.
While many may not like his style very much and even though large sections of Irish football fans often bemoan his negative style, it’s difficult to argue with what Glenn Whelan’s achieved so far.
As reported by Emmet Malone of The Irish Times on Wednesday morning, Whelan is set to round up his international appearances to 50. And what’s more, he’s about to do it in record time.
A stalwart of Giovannis Trapattoni’s system, the Stoke City man has been an integral part of the Italian’s system ever since joining five years ago.
The 29-year-old will be keen to put in a good display this evening ahead of the weekend’s first Premier League match of the season against Liverpool at Anfield, although he’ll be wary of picking up any debilitating knocks as well.
Of course, a number of the Republic of Ireland squad are unavailable this evening, and Il Trap will also want to see his key midfield man staying fit and healthy over the course of the next month or so with important World Cup qualifiers just over the horizon.
Interestingly, only another 17 caps after tonight would bring the Clondalkin man equal on caps with the legendary midfield general Roy Keane – a testament to the lighting fast progress he’s made as well as to just how under-appreciated he often is.
Stay tuned here at SportsNewsIreland, as we’ll have reaction and comment on Wednesday night’s match with upcoming previews and match reports.
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