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McShane set for vital Ireland matches

Skipper called up for World Cup Play-Offs...

9 November 2017

Royals' captain, Paul McShane, will be hoping to play his part in history as the Republic of Ireland go in search of their first appearance at a World Cup since 2002.

McShane has received this call-up at the most important stage of the qualifying campaign, with his last appearance for his country coming around 18 months ago.

McShane has linked up with his international team-mates at Ireland's training camp, before they head out to Copenhagen for the first leg of the crucial Play-Off against Denmark on Saturday.

The Ireland squad will then go all-out for qualification at an already-sold-out Aviva Stadium in Dublin against the Danes on Tuesday night, with our skipper in contention to win his 34th cap for his country in a match with the highest of stakes.

McShane was on the field when Ireland last made a World Cup Play-Off, when Thierry Henry's controversial handball led to his pass for William Gallas to prod home in extra time of their second leg against France, agonisingly ending Ireland's hopes of playing on football's biggest stage.

This will be something that McShane and Ireland will be keen to rectify eight years on, having overcome Wales in their final group match to get to this stage of the competition.

We would like to wish Macca the best of luck while on international duty.

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