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Six Republic Of Ireland Players Make Four Four Two's Top 50 English Football League Stars

Six Republic Of Ireland Players Make Four Four Two's Top 50 English Football League Stars
By PJ Browne Updated

Four Four Two have released their annual list of the top 50 players in the English Football League and six Irish players have made the cut.

Three of the players, Daryl Murphy, Harry Arter and Keiren Westwood, were part of Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad for the game against Poland.

6. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich)

The Waterford man is the Championship's top scorer this season with 23. The 32-year-old has been a key part of Mick McCarthy's push for promotion to the Premier League. They currently occupy sixth place in English football's second tier.

You can watch some of his varied strikes this season below.

19. Harry Arter (Bournemouth)

25-year-old Arter (that's him at the top of the page) has been capped at underage level by Ireland. The recent European Championship qualifier against Poland saw his first call up to the Irish senior squad.

It's easy to see why when he's scoring goals like this for Championship table toppers Bournemeouth.


21. Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Westwood is the highest ranked goalkeeper on the list. The 30-year-old joined Sheffield Wednesday last summer after three seasons with Sunderland. He has 16 caps for Ireland.

34. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town)

24-year-old Scannell has been capped at several underage levels for Ireland though has not made the breakthrough to the senior team. After five seasons with Crystal Palace he made the move to Huddersfield three years ago.

36. Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City)

Following a sensational start to the season for Chesterfield, scoring 25 goals, Dubliner Doyle joined Cardiff during the recent transfer window. The fee was thought to be around €1.25m.


He scored his first goal for his new club in a recent 2-0 win over Birmingham.


41. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United)

The former Bohs player has 12 goals for League One side Scunthorpe this season. He made his senior Ireland debut against Wales two years ago.



Patrick Bamford, on loan at Middlesbrough from Chelsea, is ranked at number 14 on the list. He has been capped by Ireland at international level though has since changed his allegiance to England.

Scottish winger Matt Ritchie of Bournemouth is rated by the magazine at the best player in the Football League.


Here's the top 10.

1. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)
2. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough)
3. Calum Wilson (Bournemouth)
4. Troy Deeney (Watford)
5. Chris Martin (Derby County)
6. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich)
7. Dele Alli (MK Dons on loan from Spurs)
8. Will Hughes (Derby)
9. Massimo Luongo (Swindon)
10. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn)

Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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