Games between two sides in the British Isles always add that extra level of excitement. In tournaments like the World Cup or the Euro’s, it’s nice to see the teams from Britain doing well; but when qualifying, the friendly rivalry goes out the window.
Unlike England, the Republic of Ireland and especially Wales performed commendably at the Euro’s – despite the English having a much better team on paper. The Welsh Dragons may have been able to make the final if they had support from these Irish players.
Who would make their combined XI…
GK) Darren Randolph
Needs to move to a bigger club than West Ham. Image Source: Twitter
LB) Ben Davies
Always assured... when he isn't facing Sadio Mane. Image Source: Twitter
CB) James Chester
This man should be playing in the Premier League. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Ashley Williams
A level above the other central defenders from both nations. Image Source: Twitter
RB) Seamus Coleman
Easily one of the Premier League's best full-backs. Image Source: Twitter
LM) Robbie Brady
Gareth Bale will be pleased that he no longer has to take every single set-piece. Image Source: IrishMirror
CM) Joe Allen
He shouldn't have had to get a Pirlo-makeover for his ability to be noticed. Image Source: Twitter
CM) Jeff Hendrick
One of Ireland's standout stars at the Euros. Image Source: Goal
RM) Aiden McGeady
Surely it's time to play this man on the wing ahead of Jonathan Walters. Image Source: CelticQuickNews
AMC) Aaron Ramsey
We can't call this man a 'Hamroll' when playing for his country. Image Source: Squawka
ST) Gareth Bale
There was plenty of competition for this spot.. Image Source: Twitter
As well as a guaranteed work ethic – the team isn’t actually that bad. It may not have stars all over the pitch, but it has solid players where you need them.
Given how much England let the fans down regularly, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Lions lose to this combined XI One thing hasn’t changed though, and that is that the majority of the team’s success will depend upon Gareth Bale.