Forde determined to prove his worth to new Ireland boss

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MILLWALL goalkeeper David Forde will get his first chance to impress Martin O'Neill when he starts for the Republic of Ireland against Poland on Tuesday.

O'Neill, who took over as manager with Roy Keane as his assistant earlier this month, left Forde on the bench for his side's 3-0 victory over Latvia last Friday.

The 33-year-old had established himself as Ireland's number one over the past 12 months but now faces stiff competition from Keiren Westwood, who was O'Neill's 'keeper at Sunderland, under the new regime.



Forde told The Score: "Everyone wants to play, you want to play for your country. I know what I've done over the past year and I'm just looking forward to the next challenge. All I can do is control what I've been doing."

The Galway-born stopper is expected to be named in Ireland's starting line up in Poznan. Elsewhere, Lions striker Jermaine Easter was an unused substitute for Wales last night.

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12 thoughts on “Forde determined to prove his worth to new Ireland boss

  • November 17, 2013 at 15:35
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    Wales dropped Morison?

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    • November 17, 2013 at 17:59
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      @conor: what has Morrison got to do with forde who deserves his acclaim.

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      • November 18, 2013 at 08:45
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        @millwallbuilder: oh, I'm sorry ill make sure I keep my questions relevant to the article next time .....

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    • November 19, 2013 at 03:29
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      @conor: he hasn't been in any of their last 3 previous squads.

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  • November 17, 2013 at 15:38
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    Start playing well for Millwall and you might stand a chance!!!

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  • November 17, 2013 at 16:10
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    I just think it's great that we can talk about international footballers and Millwall in the same sentence.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 16:35
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      @NICKOLA: We might be talking about them if any of them played.

      I hate these international weekends in the football season. That's two weekends we've missed lately - all because of the power of the Champions League now dominating midweek fixtures. Saturdays are meant for league football and internationals are for midweek and the summer. Next thing they'll be suggesting something mad like moving the world cup to the winter.

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      • November 17, 2013 at 18:10
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        @Micky Lions: Totally agree but not only the Champions league Sky Sports has mucked up the fixtures as well to what they used to be. Good luck to Ford though.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 18:12
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      @Micky Lions: it does give our injured players a chance for recovery but I have to strongly agree about the minds of men who run (sorry f*** up)football at the highest level.i hear they plan world cup future destinations in Mongolia,india,and the eskimos are keen to try

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  • November 17, 2013 at 18:44
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    If forde plays well for Ireland he mite get bk to the form he was in last season. But he has to hav a settled defence in front of him.

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    • November 17, 2013 at 20:38
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      @block 28: he also has to learn to start taking crosses in and around the six yard box[as in in burnleys goal when it came off lowrys shoulder.

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  • November 18, 2013 at 19:02
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    FORDE DOES'NT HAVE TO PROVE HE'S GOOD..................
    HE IS GOOD !!!!
    THE ONLY THING THAT SURPRISES ME IS...THAT KENNY JACKETT,
    HAS NOT COME IN FOR HIM......................
    NEXT SEASON - WOLVES WILL BE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP !!

    " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
    [ HONEST - STORM ]

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