International break: British and Irish Team of the Week
Following an entertaining week of international action, including friendly fixtures and Euro 2016 qualifying encounters, Coral writers have picked a British and Irish Team of the Week. Do you agree with our selections?
Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey (Wales)
Wales rallied to an impressive 3-0 triumph in their tough away fixture against Israel and are still undefeated with three wins and two draws. Despite boasting an exciting forward line, Chris Coleman’s goalkeeper Hennessey and strong defence were on top form to deny their opponents.
Right back: Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland)
Everton’s rapid full back gave the Republic of Ireland a great attacking outlet throughout their qualifying match-up with Poland.
The Toffees defender thwarted many Polish breaks and was extremely unlucky to be cautioned after play-acting from the visiting attackers led to a yellow card. Republic of Ireland are now 15/8 with Coral to secure qualification.
Centre back: John O’Shea (Republic of Ireland)
Sunderland centre back O’Shea was a dominant figure in Martin O’Neill’s backline, as the Boys in Green snatched a late 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium.
The Premier League defender managed to give Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski a frustrating night Dublin, limiting the Bundesliga hitman’s space and chances.
Centre back: Ashley Williams (Wales)
Welsh captain Williams proved vital in his nation’s latest qualifying exploits, as he commanded his defence to shut Israel out.
Left back: Ben Davies (Wales)
Tottenham full back Davies was impressive for Wales in both attack and defence, helping his country earn another vital victory.
Centre midfield: Aaron Ramsey (Wales)
The Arsenal attacker was on target in Wales’ 3-0 win, slotting home a superb goal and assist to secure three points and give his side a huge qualifying boost towards next year’s competition in France.
Right wing: Gareth Bale (Wales)
Real Madrid marksman Bale put any lasting Bernabeu blues behind him to net a delightful double for Wales as well as setting up Ramsey, with the La Liga star seemingly determined to represent his country at a major tournament.
Attacking midfield: Raheem Sterling (England)
Anfield’s astute attacker struck England’s third goal in an eventual 4-0 win, as Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions took a major step towards qualification. The Liverpool forward was a constant threat and proved why Brendan Rodgers is desperate for him to remain on the red half of Merseyside next season.
Attacking midfield: Lee Casciaro (Gibraltar)
Despite suffering a 6-1 hammering to Scotland, Gibraltar attacker Casciaro will never forget his outing at Hampden Park. The policeman made history by netting his nation’s first ever competitive goal, a dramatic early equaliser, giving the travelling fans something to cheer about.
Left wing: Danny Welbeck (England)
Arsenal attacker Welbeck has been sublime during England’s qualifying campaign, and was again on target against Lithuania. The in-form forward picked up the man of the match award and is now the top scorer in qualifying with six goals.
Striker: Kyle Lafferty (Northern Ireland)
The towering targetman netted both of Northern Ireland’s goals to secure a crucial 2-1 win over Finland, slotting Michael O’Neill’s men into second place in Group F.
Lafferty’s latest scoring exploits mean he has now fired in five times in as many qualifiers. Northern Ireland are now 5/2 to secure top spot in their group.