😬Considering the struggles Ireland have experienced on the pitch in recent years, it comes as no surprise to see that their players ratings in EA Sports FC 24 make for very grim reading.
In past editions of FIFA, Ireland had some incredible teams. The peak probably came in FIFA 2005, with the Irish squad boasting Roy Keane and Shay Given at 91-overall. As well as that, Damien Duff, John O'Shea, and Robbie Keane were all at 83 or above.
What we would give for a couple of players of that ilk now.
EA Sports FC 24 released its player ratings in full yesterday, and while most gamers were interested in looking at the highest rated players, we were eager to see how Stephen Kenny's squad was shaping up.
Ireland ratings are very grim in EA Sports FC 24
The Ireland squad in EA Sports FC 24 features just four gold players. Nathan Collins and Josh Cullen are the highest rated on 76-overall, with Seamus Coleman and Matt Doherty training just behind on 75-overall.
Doherty has seen his rating drop by two points in comparison to FIFA 23, while Coleman's is down by one. Collins' has increased by one, with Cullen's jumping by two after returning to the Premier League with Burnley.
Next on the list you will find John Egan and Ryan Manning (both 74), followed by Shane Duffy, Evan Ferguson, Caoimhín Kelleher, Darragh Lenihan, and Mark Travers (all 73).
Dara O'Shea and Darren Randolph are at both 72-overall. Gavin Bazunu is rated at 71-overall.
Here are the top 11 in full:
- Nathan Collins (Brentford) - 76 OVR
- Josh Cullen (Burnley) - 76 OVR
- Seamus Coleman (Everton) - 75 OVR
- Matt Doherty (Wolves) - 75 OVR
- John Egan (Sheffield United) - 74 OVR
- Ryan Manning (Southampton) - 74 OVR
- Shane Duffy (Norwich City) - 74 OVR
- Evan Ferguson (Brighton) - 73 OVR
- Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool) - 73 OVR
- Darragh Lenihan (Middlesbrough) - 73 OVR
- Mark Travers (Stoke City) - 73 OVR
The rating for Ferguson seems low, but it is on track with the ratings EA Sports usually give to young emerging players. You can be certain he will be rated much higher in the next year's edition.
However, there is better news when it comes to our women's players. Katie McCabe is rated at a very impressive 85-overall, with Denise O'Sullivan coming in at 80-overall. Courtney Brosnan, Niamh Fahey, and Leanne Kiernan (all 73) round out the top five.
Here's hoping for better showings from Ireland in future releases.