Republic in safe hands
Patience will finally pay off for Lions goalkeeper David Forde tonight when he will make his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup qualifier against Sweden.
Fordey, 33, has established himself as Giovanni Trapattoni’s number one stopper following the retirement of Shay Given and Keiren Westwood's lack of competitive match action at Sunderland.
The amiable Irishman is in line to win his sixth senior cap in Stockholm having played in the last two friendlies against Greece and Poland - and he can't wait.
"I have never stopped believing that my chance would come," said Fordey, "And have never stopped believing in my own ability either.
I hoped that if I kept doing the right things the opportunity would come and I've been lucky enough for that to have happened.
I came into the game relatively late as well, so I relish it. It’s a very special thing for me."