Trapattoni: Millwall keeper Forde is Ireland's "number one"

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL goalkeeper David Forde is set to start more regularly for his country after being dubbed as the Republic of Ireland's "number one" by Giovanni Trapattoni.

Forde kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night, with Lions striker Andy Keogh an unused substitute.

He made two impressive saves to deny Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski – firstly in a one-on-one situation, and then to keep out the Manchester United target's volley in the first-half.

That was only the second time this season the 33-year-old has started for his country but Trapattoni has hinted Forde will get another 90 minutes in a World Cup qualifier against Sweden in March.

Sunderland stopper Keiren Westwood has been a regular between the sticks for Ireland over recent months but he is currently out of favour at the Stadium of Light.

Trapattoni said: "A goalkeeper needs games. In the past, Westwood was playing for his club and so was Forde. Now Westwood has not played for a year or six months.

"This is the reason at this moment that Forde is number one."



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