Shane Long for Ireland in Euro 2016
Shane Long for Ireland in Euro 2016 – Shane Patrick Long is one of the players that will perform in the greatest football competition this year Euro 2016. Long was born in 22 January 1987. He is a professional soccer player as a striker that plays for the national team of Republic of Ireland and also for Southampton. In the early career, he also played for Tipperary.
The Career of Long
The beginning of Shane Long’s career was at Cork City and then he moved to Reading. He made some performances as long as in Reading. One of the best achievements was when he made three goal scores in ten performances as substitution in the Championship Victory of the team in 2005 – 2006. Besides, he also achieved the fourth round for his team on FA Cup after defeated Liverpool in 2010 match. Next, he also achieved the award as a player of the season. In 2011, he played on Premier League for West Bromwich Albion with the payment as much as £6 million. In January 2014, he joined Hull City and August 204, he moved to Southampton.
The performances of Shane Long as a senior player began in the Ireland national team in 2007 and he had achieved 50 international caps since then. In UEFA Euro 2012, Long also had represented his nation.
The International Career
The form of Shane Long for Reading brought him to U10 caps of Ireland in season 2005 – 2006. The first senior cap for Ireland won 2-1 against San Marino in 7 February 2007. He got the place since his team mate in Reading named Kevin Doyle and Stephen Elliot in Sunderland got injured that time.
Long’s second cap was achieved when he played as the substituted player in 28 March 2007 against Slovakia. In this performance, he was known as the first player who played both in international football and hurling at Croke Park, took a part of Tipperary team for the entire semi-finals of Ireland in year 2003 and 2004. The first international goal score of Long was in a friendly match against Bolivia that resulted 1-1 draw on 26 May 2007. Next, he made another international score against Denmark and won 4-0 in 22 August 2007. For the great achievements, Long got the nomination as Young Player of the Year 2007 from the Football Association of Ireland.
In March 2011, Shane Long should replace Kevin Doyle for the injuries to play in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying over Macedonia in Dublin. In the next game against Uruguay, Long made the first goal score with the 2-3 loss header . He got a reward for the goal. Next, he won 1-0 against Bosnia and Herzegovina and also made score in this performance. In Euro 2012, he played against Italy and Croatia.
In 29 May 2013, the achievement of the ninth goal was made by Long for Ireland against England in Wembley Stadium; the competition resulted 1-1 draw. In 2 June 2013, he became the captain of Ireland national team for the first time, the match against Georgia won 4-0. Next, the 11th goal for Ireland was made in 5 March 2014 in the match 2-1 loss against Serbia. In the Euro 2016 qualifying match in 29 March 2015, Long made another goal against Poland in the last minute equalizer. Besides, he also made a goal against Germany in the Euro 2016 qualifying in 8 October 2015.