PIC: Paul McGrath has done his best to earn a late Ireland call-up here 6 years ago

PIC: Paul McGrath has done his best to earn a late Ireland call-up here

"Ooh ah, Paul McGrath, I said ooh ah, Paul McGrath!...

... He's the greatest defender in whole wide world..." We all know how it goes.

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Ireland haven't had a centre-half like Paul McGrath since his retirement in 1997 and it's entirely possible we never will again.

Sadly for us, the former Manchester United and Aston Villa man is 56 now - but anyone who ever saw him play in green probably clings to the dream that we'll all turn on our telly this evening to see a Paul McGrath in his prime lining out against the Italians in Lille for Ireland's decisive clash.

Not least McGrath himself. The Ireland legend posted a picture to Twitter of himself looking tired in an Ireland jersey, captioned: "Sprinted up and down the back garden, changed jerseys and still no call from Lille. Best of luck Irish lads."

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Ah Paul, if it were up to us you'd be on the next flight out.