Here’s the squad from 2002 that played Germany
Republic of Ireland Team
Shay Given, Steve Finnan, Gary Breen, Stephen Staunton (captain) (Kenny Cunningham 87), Ian Harte (Steven Reid 73), Gary Kelly (Niall Quinn 73), Matt Holland, Mark Kinsella, Kevin Kilbane, Robbie Keane, Damian Duff.
Substitutes not used: Lee Carsley, Gary Connolly, Richard Dunne, Alan Kelly, Dean Kiely, Jason McAteer, Clinton Morrison, Andy O’Brien.
Here’s who we had against Georgia
Randolph; Christie, Duffy, Clark, Ward; Whelan (Murphy, 78), Arter (McGeady, 61); Walters, Brady, McClean, Long.
Stark difference in quality there .How many of the '02 team starting for & playing in the Premiership compared to who are playing now . We dont have the players & thus play the system we do because of it .
I’ve no gra for Wales either but if you are a fan of decent quality football I know who I’d prefer to win or qualify .