Rumored Randolph International Retirement: After tough spells for Ireland reports emerge that Randoph might call time on Irish career.
The Republic of Ireland has been going through their roughest spell for over fifty years of football. They have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net for over eleven hours of game time. Stephen Kenny has not been helped with covid 19, injuries, and suspensions that have crippled his squad.
One of the main components to this has been the retirement of one of his senior players, David McGoldrick. Despite being named FAI player of the year in 2020 the Sheffield man has called time on his Ireland career.
McGoldrick made this choice based on his desire to get back into the Blade’s starting eleven. Having built up sixteen caps and one goal he brought so much to the Irish team. He will be a massive loss given his excellent start to the Premier League season.
The striker has scored two goals in just nine games. Following McGoldrick’s departure rumors are now circulating about another Irish senior player, Darren Randolph. The Irish shot-stopper has been a major part of Ireland’s backline since 2015 with fifty caps to his name.
However, reports are now emerging that he could be on his way out as he nears thirty-four years old.
Told His Time Is Limited
It is understood that before playing the England game in the last window, Randolph was told his time might be up. Stephen Kenny clearly has his favorite goalkeeper in Kelleher from his under twenty-one camp.
Kenny reportedly said to the current number one that Kelleher was breathing down his neck. Randolph has been struggling for game time since leaving Middlesbrough back in January of this year to West Ham.
Initially brought in when it seemed Fabianski had a season-ending injury, Randolph hoped to lay down a claim. Since then however, he has only made just three cup appearances with Fabianski making a quick recovery.
If Kelleher can muster a loan move in January for frequent game time, Randolph will be under pressure. The Cork man did have a move away lined up for the Eredivisie, but this faded when Liverpool’s injuries mounted.
Attempting to make his mark this season also is young Kildare man Mark Travers at Bournemouth. A year ago, Travers burst onto the scene in the Premier League with his man of the match performance against Spurs.
With Bournemouth currently residing in the Championship this season will be his best shot at some game time. If both keepers can get their seasons on track with regular game time, Randolph will be under pressure come March.
The Bray native may have to consider a loan move away if he is to keep his number one jersey. If he finds himself out of the squad at thirty-four sitting on the bench, he may opt to retire.
Randolph’s place in the Ireland team is safe for now, but only for now.
After the disappointing game against Bulgaria in which Ireland drew nil nil, reports emerged about Randolph’s international retirement. The FAI quickly acted on this, and such posts from a few media sites were taken down.
After the game, the goalkeeper said that he still has the desire to play for Ireland as long as he can. At the current age of thirty-three, Randolph could easily play through another two campaigns given his fit nature.
With this said, his age appears to be no issue for the keeper. So, what caused such reports to emerge? It is understood from leaked sources that Randolph was one of the players taken aback by Kenny’s England video.
Could it be true that Kenny is beginning to lose the confidence of his players? If a video and speech was needed to get his players up for a game against England, this would spell worry.
Randolph appears to be committed to still playing for Ireland, but only time will tell what will happen in the future.
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