After what seemed like an eternity, Town striker David McGoldrick has been called up to the Irish Squad to face Scotland and the United States in the coming days and surely no one would deny that he thoroughly deserves it!
He will join fellow Town forward Daryl Murphy, after the paperwork related to his right to represent the Republic was completed in the nick of time.
Martin O’Neill was delighted with the news, although our other blues striker with Irish heritage Conor Sammon, was omitted when the squad was trimmed down today – although of course he was included in the provisional group of 33.
So then, Ipswich Irish here we come and I do hope the Ireland boss is brave enough to let them start together, as they do with Ipswich but I think that with former blue Jonathan Walters scoring frequently in the Premiership, it seems more likely that both will have to sit out the game against Scotland on Friday.
The match against the United States is a friendly though and this might persuade Martin O’Neill and his side-kick Roy Keane to play both blues forwards because with the Tractor Boys these days they seem to have a telepathic understanding.
Strangely this season it is Daryl Murphy who is doing most of the scoring, which is the complete reverse from last term.
McGoldrick though is a very intelligent footballer and he does a lot more than just score goals and I am sure Martin O’Neill is only to aware of his all-round ability.
I am not a lover of these international breaks that seem to destroy our rhythm, just when we are coming into a rich vein of form.
That said, the plus side is that are injured players have time to recover and those not on international duty have time to repair their tired and aching bodies.
I know there are some of us out there who would argue that players are wrapped up in cotton wool these days but we only have to look at Tommy Smith to see how difficult an international break can be.
He is off to play in China and Thailand before returning to continue the long hard slog that is the Sky Bet Championship.
Frank Weston – Editor Vital Ipswich