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Who Is Eunan O'Kane? All You Need To Know About Ireland's Newest Squad Member

By Mikey Traynor
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Martin O'Neill today announced his 37-man Ireland squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia, and there was a first call up for AFC Bournmouth midfielder Eunan O'Kane, just hours after he made his Premier League debut at Anfield.

So it's safe to say it's not been a bad 24 hours for him.

As this is his first call up to the Ireland squad, some Irish fans may not have seen much of him before, so we are here to get you up to speed on the latest Ireland squad member.

He's a Derry boy.

Eunan Charles O'Kane was born in Derry on July 10th, 1990, two days after Italia 90 ended.

He started out at Everton's academy.

He spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons in the Everton youth system before returning home.

He moved back to the Northern Ireland and joined Colraine in 2009.

O'Kane played just 13 games before a club in England offered him a contract.


He made a name for himself at Torquay United.

Here Eunan O'Kane enjoyed the best goalscoring form of his career so far as he bagged 13 goals in just over 100 appearances for Helen Chamberlain's favourite team, and took the notice of a number of clubs in English football.

He represented Northern Ireland until U21 level.



He has caps at U16, U17, U19, U20, and sure enough... U21 for Northern Ireland.

He's been part of the furniture at Bournemouth for a while.

After AFC Bournemouth signed him in 2012, O'Kane played 37 games as they were promoted from League One in his first season, and then he played 37 games in the Championship the next year. Last year however he only featured 11 times as Bournemouth won the league and secured their first promotion to the Premier League.

His twitter bio is very Irish.


Ah sure he's right to be fair now.

He nailed the crossbar challenge on Soccer AM.

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He made the switch to the Republic of Ireland at U21.

He has three caps for the U21s and looks set to make his full senior debut soon.


He's got a bit of gold in his trophy cabinet.


He always turns out to be decent in football manager.

Sean O'Driscoll always ends up as Ireland manager and O'Kane is always a key member of his starting XI.

He made his Premier League debut at Anfield.


And he handled himself well. O'Kane wasn't daunted by making his first Premier League appearance away to Liverpool and looked calm in possession, always looking for the ball which is one of his strengths as a player, and I think you'll all agree that it is something the Irish team could really use.

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