Josh, Son of Stephen Ireland Plays for Youth of England as the Academy of Stoke City Celebrates 5 Call-UPS

The midfielder of Stoke City Academy is following the footsteps of his father Stephen Ireland at the club level. But now, he has been called up to be a part of England team at under-15 level, where he spent his career.  The Ireland Sr. has won a total of 6 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Jr. Ireland played the 2nd of 2 games versus Belgium at the venue St George’s Park of Burton which was played yesterday – with his mom Jessica posting a video clip on her Instagram account of him darting through in order to hit the crossbar with the left leg in defeat by 3-1.

His Stoke Academy teammate named Charlie Edwards was kept on standby for the very same team but he had to back off because of an injury. Nathan Broome who is the goalkeeper of Under 18s of Stoke made his debut for the under 17s of England last week. He kept a clean sheet in a match against Hungary which was played at Pinatar Arena in Spain in the Murcia Tournament. Broome joined the Academy of Stoke last year when he switched from Manchester City and since then he has won many admirers for his shot-stopping as well as distribution.
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STEPHEN IRELAND SON FOLLOWING FATHER’S STEPS?

Stephen Ireland is well remembered for his time at Manchester City where he briefly shone under Mark Hughes before falling out of favour with the club. The talented Irishman was touted for great things but saw out his career with Aston Villa and Stoke City without achieving any of the heights expected of him.

However, his son Josh Ireland is looking to follow in his father’s footstep and make the cut into professional football.  The youngster currently plays for Stoke City Academy and has impressed the coaching staff with his performances.
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Stephen Ireland Departed From Bolton Wanderers Without Making Any Appearance For The Club

The former republic of international of Ireland named Stephen Ireland has recently left the club of Bolton Wanderers. But he left the club by mutual consensus and that so without making any senior appearance for the team. Stephen Ireland, who is 32 years old, joined the club of Lancashire on a short contract in the last October but he miserably failed to make an entry into the 1st team with the Championship club (cash strapped). The former midfielder of Manchester City, Stephen had spent last 5 seasons with the club of Stoke City, a stint that ruined by an injured leg and because of this injury he was out of action for almost 2 years.

Corkman Ireland, who started his career with the club of Cobh Ramblers before he joined Manchester City as a 15-year-old lad, had stints with Newcastle United and Aston Villa before he joined the Stoke. For Ireland, he made his senior debut in March 2016 and went on to make 6 appearances, scored 4 times, before he said goodbye to the international football. However, Stephen found himself at the controversy’s center after he withdrew from very important qualifier of Euro 2008 which was to be played against the Czech Republic. His reason for withdrawal was very awkward i.e. the demise of his grandmother.
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IRELAND INSISTS HE HAS A LOT TO OFFER

Manchester City academy graduate, Stephen Ireland has insisted he has a lot to offer at Bolton after moving to the club on a short term deal in the summer.

The Irish professional footballer who suffered a horrific leg break is determined to put the setback behind him and prove he can still turn up at a high level following his move to Bolton. He sees the move the move as an opportunity to rejuvenate his career.
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Aitor Karanka refuses to rule out Ben Brereton exit

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has refused to rule out the loan exit of Ben Brereton amid the ongoing interest from Blackburn Rovers. The 19-year-old had been the subject of a £5m bid from the Rovers which was turned down but there remains the possibility of the teenager heading to Ewood Park on a temporary basis.

Speaking to reporters, Karanka highlighted that the club are in no rush to part ways with Brereton, although he refused to dismiss the possibility of a loan exit, he said: “No, we are not in a rush to sell him. I like the player, I like his character, and he has a bright future in front of him. I have him in the squad and that is the main thing for me. He played last season and he was an important part of the team last season. This season, with his age, he will still have his games here. The club knows that I know how good Ben is.”
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Ireland Ready In For A Trial For Bolton Wanderers

Stephen Ireland, the midfielder was capped by the Republic of Ireland 6 times. He is indeed one of the future’s best stars as he made more than 100 appearances for Manchester City. Ireland has had his share of struggles to obtain a place in the 1st team but was used in a deal with Aston Villa. James Milner was successful in heading the other way. Post his struggle for 1st team position, Ireland was with Newcastle United temporarily and then the movement to Stoke City did become permanent. Ireland was there close to 4 years and was let go in this summer.

Now, Ireland is on the lookout for another club and in this summer he went on trial with Bolton Wanderers so as to get a contract. But, despite his hard efforts, Ireland did not do much during the trial, which did not earn him an offer. This means that he is still an independent agent and on the lookout for a fresh deal. However, Ireland has successfully managed to do enough to see good old days ahead. As a result, the former star of Stoke City is now heading to Bolton for another trial for the 2nd time. The best part is that the club will not test his ability this time as they are well aware of his potential already and are happier with that. The trial has given a chance to Lancashire club to assess the fitness of Ireland and to check if he is all geared up for the Championship football.
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Ireland On Stoke City Chances

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland believes that the club can still escape relegation. He said that the team has been playing really well during recent games and he believes that they can remain in the Premier League. He said that they played well in their last game against Arsenal and that they were a bit unfortunate to lose by 3-0. He said that the players fought well on that day and that they showed that they have improved a lot during recent games.

Stephen Ireland said that there are six games left to play in the current season and they should do everything they can in order to get maximum points. He said that it has been a tough season for Stoke City but it is important that they remain focus on the objective. He said that the players are aware of the situation and that they are all ready to fight in order to win games.

Stephen Ireland said that it is a big disappointment for him to not have been able to play enough games with Stoke City. Indeed the former Manchester City midfielder has been plagued with various injuries and has failed to make a sustained run in the team. He said that he would have loved to be more involved in the team and help them win some games. However, he admitted that there are some good players in the team and it is up to them to deliver the goods. He said that they are a good technical side and they keep on improving every game.

He said that we have reached a stage of the season where you need to get points quickly if you want to remain in the Premier League and it is important to fight for each point.

STOKE TO GO AGAINST BRISTOL CITY IN CARABAO CUP

Stoke City would go up against Bristol City on Tuesday when both sides clash in the Carabao Cup. The Premier League side would be hoping to get some respite at the back of their loss to Newcastle in the Premier League. Manager Mark Hughes would also be looking at reaching the fourth round of the competition so his senior squad members are expected to partake in the game.

Bristol recently thrashed Derby 4-1 at home and they would be in high morale as they play Stoke at their Ashton Gate ground. However, they would be without Cauley Woodrow and Jonathan Leko. The coach Lee Johnson would hand minutes to Hordur Magnusson and Niclas Eliasson though. Read More…

Stoke City keeps hold of Ireland despite his season ending injury

For the 1st time in the entire playing career of Stephen Ireland, he failed to make a single competitive appearance for his club during the 2016-17 English Premier League season due to an injury that the Irish midfielder sustained back on April.

O’NEILL RETAINS INTEREST IN WES HOOLAHAN

Coach Martin O’Neill remains focused on Wes Hoolahan as he plays to the strength of players in the squad.


The manager has recognized the ability of the player so he would keep him close though he prefers to play with the midfield options he has.

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