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26th Mar 2016

Ireland striker pays begrudging tribute to clubmate for being capped before him

Kevin McGillicuddy

The result was not even the most important thing last night for several Irish footballers.

We may have beaten Switzerland 1-0, but that will largely be forgotten after a turgid game was only enlivened for most fans by the fact they could get their hands on a few pints on a Good Friday.

Alan Judge made a starting debut, while Eunan O’Kane and Jonny Hayes also made their full international debuts as second-half substitutes.

It’s likely to be a bridge too far for both men to make the plane to the Euros this summer, but one fellow Irish hopeful admits he’s insanely jealous of his club colleague running out at the Aviva.

Adam Rooney is the most in-form Irish striker playing at the moment and has bagged 17 goals as Aberdeen run Celtic close in the Scottish Premiership title race.

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However, he was passed over by Martin O’Neill for last night’s friendly due to a thigh injury that has ruled him out until early next month.

The Dubliner took to Twitter last night to say well done to his team-mate Hayes,but in a typically Irish fashion, of a half-compliment and mock begrudgery.

Rooney and Hayes are very good friends so we doubt that they will be falling out over a solitary Irish cap yet

Hayes of course quit Twitter after receiving dogs abuse (sorry we couldn’t resist) when it emerged that he had been bitten by a dog last month.

The Aberdeen man found himself in the middle of an Twitter argument last month after tweeting his cast after a dog bite, but then was accused of not telling the truth about how the incident occurred.

He is still on Twitter however, but has yet to mention anything of his debut.


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