It’s a Given: Shay to be Ireland’s key man

Irish football fans believe that goalkeeper Shay Given will be the nation’s star performer at this summer’s European Championships.

In a poll conducted by the Football Association of  Ireland (FAI), it is clear that Irish supporters believe that the Irish team will spend plenty time on the back foot with center-half stalwart Richard Dunne coming in in second place in the poll.

The Aston Villa pair garnered well over 60% of the vote in a clear indication of how Irish fans  believe the campaign will pan out in what is a very difficult group for the Boys in Green.

Wing sensation James McClean – a player by no means certain of being on the plane to Poland – came in third place in the vote with a total of 16% while surprisingly goalscoring lynchpin Robbie Keane polled just 10% of the vote.  If anything this is further indication of how Irish fans feel most of the games will be played by Ireland;  that is defensively.

The most surprising name to feature on the poll of potential Irish stars for the Euro was  that of center-half Paul McShane who tallied 3% of the vote;  amazingly coming in ahead of star man Damien Duff who totaled just 2% of votes with Keith Andrews (2%), Aiden McGeady and John O’Shea (both 1%) also registering.

The FAI asked: Which of the following Republic of Ireland players do you think will make the most impact in Euro 2012?

1. Shay Given 41%

2. Richard Dunne 24%

3. James McClean 16%

4. Robbie Keane 10%

5. Paul McShane 3%

6. Damien Duff 2%

7. Keith Andrews 2%

8. Aiden McGeady 1%

9. John O’Shea 1%


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