Millwall's international duo enjoy Euro 2016 qualifier wins

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MILLWALL's Shane Ferguson and David Forde were part of historic occasions in the Euro 2016 qualifiers last night. 

Ferguson was an unused substitute as Northern Ireland qualified for the European Championships for the first time with a 3-1 win over Greece in Belfast.

Forde was in the Republic of Ireland squad that secured at least a play-off place after their stunning 1-0 defeat of world champions Germany at Lansdowne Road.

Martin O'Neill was forced to change his goalkeeper in the 44th minute when Shay Given picked up an injury, but it was West Ham's Darren Randolph he summoned for his competitive international debut rather than Forde.

That decision was justified as Randolph produced some important saves and it was his punt forward that set up Shane Long for the winning goal.

Forde has now slipped from first to third choice for his country in the space of a year and since losing his place to Jordan Archer at his club.

Northern Ireland finish their campaign with a trip to Finland on Sunday, while the Republic travel to Poland knowing a win or a 2-2 draw or higher will seal their place in France.



7 thoughts on “Millwall's international duo enjoy Euro 2016 qualifier wins

  • October 9, 2015 at 09:26

    Both kept their respective benches warm. Now looks like Forde´s days are numbered.
    So, we had only two players away on international duty.
    Won´t really compensate financially for the 3000 odd missing supporters when the Doncaster game goes ahead on October 27th!

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    • October 9, 2015 at 09:54

      @beethoven5: It is bonkers a game that could be played on a Saturday is moved to a (probably) wet,cold Tuesday night for bench warmers - and worse 2 players that would not have played for Millwall anyway.

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      • October 9, 2015 at 11:30

        @Longfield Lion: both players on the bench .they miteas well as stayed put..and dont forget the burton albion game which looks like going the same way..i know some fans have booked hotels up there..then there's the loss on rail tickets.bought from non i have a relative already booked his flieght from ireland.also non refundable..
        You couldn't make this s*** up

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  • October 9, 2015 at 10:09

    I wonder if this will make Forde look at his options. I would think that he must be playing regular first team football to even make the squad next year. It could be that lowering his wage demands to get that with another club on either loan or permanent transfer may be the way for him to go, as I cannot see Archer being dropped anytime soon. If that does happen it would be, I assume, and big chunk off of the wage budget to allow for a couple of players in at no overall cost i.e. Saville.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 10:33

      @lennie the lion: Yes, that's interesting isn't it. 3rd choice Internationally and 2nd choice for Millwall. He must be on a pretty good deal at Millwall if he's still there. If he was going anywhere, it would have been weeks ago. From Millwall's perspective, he's a good bench warmer. I'm assuming the other keepers aren't ready yet, Letting Forde go means we have to replace him, and no one has come in for him so I assume both he and Millwall are currently happy all round.
      I see Marquis has gone to Orient on loan. For whatever reason, it hasn't worked out for him at Millwall but has done elsewhere at this level. Hopefully, Bomber is looking to get Pavey on the bench now.

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    • October 9, 2015 at 17:16

      @lennie the lion:

      yes Lennie - do it!

      3rd choice forde - given goes off injured and still cant get a game

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      • October 9, 2015 at 20:39

        @timchimes: if you've seen the Ireland goal it starts from a great kick downfield from the keeper that Long chases and goes on to score. Ireland win and now have a great chance to qualify.

        Sorry to say it but Forde would have kicked it out for a throw in.

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