First Team

Whelan's Ireland narrowly miss out

19th November 2019

Glenn Whelan’s Republic of Ireland narrowly missed out on automatic qualification for next year’s European Championships after drawing with Denmark last night.

The Jambos midfielder lasted 82 minutes at the Aviva Stadium in a match that Ireland needed to win to book their place at next summer’s finals.

Denmark took a 73rd minute lead through Martin Braithwaite before Matt Doherty bagged the equaliser with five minutes remaining, but the winner eluded Mick McCarthy’s side.

Glenn still has a chance of appearing in the tournament, with Ireland clinching a play-off spot.

Steven Naismith could add to his 50 caps tonight when Scotland host Kazakhstan at Hampden.

Naisy secured his place in the Hall of Fame when he captained Scotland to a 2-1 win in Cyprus on Saturday and could feature in Steve Clarke’s side’s final Euro qualifiers group game ahead of their play-off fixtures in March.

Also in action tonight is Michael Smith’s Northern Ireland.

They, too, missed out on automatic qualification after holding Netherlands to a respectable 0-0 draw in Belfast last week and face Germany this evening.

Michael made a second-half appearance at Windsor Park last Monday and will be looking to add to his eight caps in Frankfurt tonight as Northern Ireland gear up for their play-off campaign next year.

Capping off a busy international period for the boys in maroon is Aidan Keena. He won his first Republic of Ireland U21 cap last week and could make it two when Ireland host Sweden today in Dublin.

Ireland currently sit top of their U21 Euro 2021 qualifying group, three points ahead of second placed Italy.