Sheringham: With Grealish & Rice Ireland Would Be At The World Cup
Have you ever had those intrusive thoughts, the ones that go something like “Would Ireland be at this World Cup if we had Grealish and Rice on our team?”
Well it’s something that’s been on our minds as we watch another World Cup without the Boys in Green competing.
So we thought we’d put the question to a man who knows a thing or two about the World Cup having appeared in two of them for England. That man is the great former Tottenham, Man United and England striker Teddy Sheringham.
Check out Sheringham’s thoughts on where Ireland would be with the duo of Grealish and Rice. He also offers his opinion on what Ireland and Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Keller’s next career move should be along with other fascinating musings about Irish football.
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Do you think Ireland would be at the World Cup if Jack Grealish and Declan Rice chose to represent them over England?
Ireland would without doubt be at the World Cup if Grealish and Rice had chosen them over England.
They’re two world class players and that makes a difference to every team.
If you took Declan Rice out of West Ham’s team, they wouldn’t be half the team they are.
He’s made the position his own for England and learnt a lot from Mark Noble about when to pass it, when to get rid of it and when to get out of trouble. He’s got everything.
If Ireland had him and Grealish, who I wanted to start the other night for England, they would make a massive difference for the country.
Shay Given recently said Caoimhin Kelleher should consider his Liverpool future and look for first team football elsewhere, do you agree?
Kelleher is 24 now and Shay Given is right to say that he should leave Liverpool.
He should be a number one somewhere and get out of the shadows of Alisson.
Alisson is the world’s best goalkeeper and he won’t be leaving Liverpool anytime soon.
Kelleher has all the qualities to succeed at another Premier League club or even abroad.
If there was an Irish player you’d played with who could have played for England, who would it be?
There were a couple of Irish players I’d have loved to play for England. Dennis Irwin was a phenomenal left back. Every time you got an eight out of ten.
No winger ever ripped him. He has a phenomenal right foot, left-foot, great positional sense and was intelligent and spoke well.
Robbie Keane was outstanding and I’d have loved to play with him in international football.
I played with him when he was young but he was still learning his game.
Teddy used to play the poker circuit with former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino and they played together at Millwall.
Tony and I were never on the poker circuit at Millwall. He was probably playing Poker there. I didn’t get on it until I finished playing football.
He’s a great lad and I still speak to them all the time and he’ll tell me if I’m in the wrong and tell me if I’m making a fool of myself.
I’ve not had a chance to tell him that as he doesn’t go out much! But we’re very close.
Frank Lampard often speaks highly of Seamus Coleman as a leader in his dressing room, can you see him joining his coaching team at Everton when he eventually retires?
I certainly don’t think Seamus Coleman is old at 34, I continued playing until I was 42. However, it’s clear Frank loves him as a leader and I can actually see him joining his coaching staff at Everton if he does hang up his boots.
I do think he’s got a few years to go yet. His legs are going a bit but he’s still so valuable for Everton.
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