Keith Duggan: Ireland must be brave enough to get on the ball

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Wes Hoolahan and Jeff Hendrick during training ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s showdown against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wes Hoolahan and Jeff Hendrick during training ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s showdown against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Back when Roy Keane was managing football teams full time, he casually threw out the kind of one-liners that must have made him the envy of Britain’s comedy circuit.

His observation on Nyron Nosworthy at Sunderland was one that stood out: “Now that Nos has switched to centre-back he’s got much less time on the ball, which is best for all concerned.”

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