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If there are any midfield call offs there's still an opportunity to bring him in, which should absolutely be taken.
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Originally posted by You Tell Me You Tell Me wrote:


If there are any midfield call offs there's still an opportunity to bring him in, which should absolutely be taken.


sh*t if Will Keane doesn't make it call him up. There's five other CFs there so no need for six. Though it's a training camp so no reason that Coventry or Hodge shouldn't have went to train like Omobamidele and Lee O'Connor did last summer.

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What is Hodge's connection to Ireland?

There is not too many players playing in England that would travel over for this game. Fair play to him.

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Irish granny, Bernadette Hanlen, from Dublin.

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Originally posted by Green Cockade Green Cockade wrote:

Irish granny, Bernadette Hanlen, from Dublin.

He says in the Indo interview that his family wanted him to give it a go with Ireland even when he was with England. His father seems to be very close to his career. Easy to assume that it was a Louie Barry type job whereby he accepted a call up and caps that wouldn't tie him in a sentimental nod to a grandparent. Even so, he has stuck with us and sounds committed. 

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Originally posted by horsebox horsebox wrote:

What is Hodge's connection to Ireland?

There is not too many players playing in England that would travel over for this game. Fair play to him.

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To suggest it is one or the other is hugely simplistic. Loads of variables go into picking a squad. Loads of strikers are out injured. Ferguson is also a different type of striker than we have. 

Hodge looks good but then so does Coventry and Smallbone (Ronan to lesser extent). I suspect Smallbone will see plenty of game time and he wanted experience around him to give him a better chance.

Coventry/Hodge/Ronan need to get a move and get game time. Law of averages one of them will come good but they won't sitting on the bench.
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Hodge doesn't need a move he's 20 years old getting premier league and cup minutes. Maybe would help for Ireland but his situation is best for his development right now. Unless Wolves buy another senior midfielders there is 4 for 3 positions so Joe being 5th choice isn't at all bad providing Lopetegui rates him.

Hodge has a cameo in the welcome to Wolves video for Lopetegui. (Around 4th minute) Looks a shy lad you wouldn't think it by his play style though. https://youtu.be/1RQ7RPHSoeE
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Originally posted by Green Cockade Green Cockade wrote:

Irish granny, Bernadette Hanlen, from Dublin.

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We should definitely be integrating Hodge into the squad.  

Has been excellent for our underage sides all the way up, more often than not playing a few age-grades ahead. 

He is likely to be at the level to be a feature of our senior team in the future - these friendlies are precisely the time to get the likes of him (and Coventry and Ronan) involved.  

Even if it's just linking up with the squad and training, although I'd have no problem with Hodge (or Coventry or Ronan) get a run-out against Malta.  

Would defo have Ronan in too - his performances in the SPL last year speak for themselves (and, according to Kenny that is our standard, see Scales and McGrath).  

Also importantly, Ronan is the best set-piece taker we have (if Hourihane's days are done). More than most teams, we have a certain high degree of reliance on set-pieces and it's worth getting right.



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Originally posted by Luis Amor Rodriguez Luis Amor Rodriguez wrote:

We should definitely be integrating Hodge into the squad.  

Has been excellent for our underage sides all the way up, more often than not playing a few age-grades ahead. 

He is likely to be at the level to be a feature of our senior team in the future - these friendlies are precisely the time to get the likes of him (and Coventry and Ronan) involved.  

Even if it's just linking up with the squad and training, although I'd have no problem with Hodge (or Coventry or Ronan) get a run-out against Malta.  

Would defo have Ronan in too - his performances in the SPL last year speak for themselves (and, according to Kenny that is our standard, see Scales and McGrath).  

Also importantly, Ronan is the best set-piece taker we have (if Hourihane's days are done). More than most teams, we have a certain high degree of reliance on set-pieces and it's worth getting right.


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Haha.

When's the last time Robbie Brady took a good set-piece for Ireland?  Over 5 years?

He was poor in his recent appearance (he may even have been taken off them after a bit).  Big loopy corners. 

We are lacking reliable set-piece takers at present.
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Originally posted by Luis Amor Rodriguez Luis Amor Rodriguez wrote:

Haha.

When's the last time Robbie Brady took a good set-piece for Ireland?  Over 5 years?

He was poor in his recent appearance (he may even have been taken off them after a bit).  Big loopy corners. 

We are lacking reliable set-piece takers at present.
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A peno is statistically unlikely to miss. 

I'm talking about free-kicks and corners - whipping the ball in at a low trajectory for our formidable headers to convert.  

We're great on the receiving end - Duffy, Egan, Collns , to name a few lads that can convert - but the delivery in has been poor for some time now, including Brady unfortunately.
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Originally posted by Luis Amor Rodriguez Luis Amor Rodriguez wrote:

Haha.

When's the last time Robbie Brady took a good set-piece for Ireland?  Over 5 years?


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I missed that game in fairness, though I see from the highlights it was a quality delivery. 

What's rare is beautiful. 

In his earlier matches back, the delivery was poor though - I think he was taken off them and Cullen (not known for set-pieces) tried a few which were also poor.  McClean then took over and that was far better at clipping them in at pace.

Anyway, Ronan could be a good option.  We'll see how many more matches Brady is around for.  
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