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Brian Kerr Criticises Involvement Of Graham Burke In The Ireland Team

Brian Kerr Criticises Involvement Of Graham Burke In The Ireland Team
Arthur James O'Dea
By Arthur James O'Dea
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A wonderful side note on John O'Shea's final international appearance, Brian Kerr is of the belief that Shamrock Rovers' Graham Burke should not have been playing in the Aviva Stadium at all that night.

The scorer of Ireland's equalising goal, Burke marked his second international appearance in the best way imaginable. Scoring regularly for Shamrock Rovers in the Airtricity league, Burke - who spent many years in Aston Villa's underage setup - looks primed for a move back to an English club sooner rather than later.

For Kerr, it is only at this point that Burke should even be considered as a possible international player by Martin O'Neill.

Speaking tonight on RTÉ's Soccer Republic, Kerr questioned Burke's ability to cope at such a level; suggesting that his outstanding performances this season come with something of an asterisk beside them.


Accusing Burke of "fading out of games" and tending to demonstrate "isolated brilliance," Kerr believes that Burke's sporadic genius has occasionally cost his side dear this season.

Furthermore, Kerr criticised the legitimacy of Burke's scoring record, implying that the Rovers man's goals came "in matches they're winning handily."

The scorer of 12 goals across 8 games this season for Shamrock Rovers, four of those came in games where the team's total tally amounted to Burke's goals. Admittedly, three came in two hammerings (6-0; 5-0) of Bray Wanderers, with four more coming in a 6-1 demolition of Derry City.


Although Kerr refused to rule out the possibility of Burke featuring in the Ireland team again, the former St. Patrick's Athletic manager believes Burke "has to develop."

Discussing his seemingly inevitable move to England, Kerr remained uncertain what division Burke should hope to find himself playing at, suggesting that "he is going to find it tough" to make the change regardless.

See Also: Watch: Excellent Team Move Resulted In A Cracking Derry City Goal


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