Shane Long expected to sign new deal as possible Ireland recall awaits

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first_imgSHANE LONG is expected to sign a new deal at Southampton having gotten back in the team and amongst the goals lately.His deal is due to expire at the end of the season but he is expected to sign a new one before then.2 Long has been back in the team lately and chipped in with a few goalsCredit: EPAThe 33-year-old has regained a regular starting spot at the club since the start of the new year.He repaid the trust shown in him by Ralph Hasenhüttl with a goal against Wolves in the league and another against Tottenham in the FA Cup in the last month.And despite not having featured for Ireland under Mick McCarthy, last week his international boss also sounded impressed.He alluded to Long still having a chance to play in Ireland’s do-or-die EURO 2020 playoff against Slovakia on March 26.PUSHING RIGHT BUTTONS2 Long could be in line for a recall to the Irish squad judging from Mick McCarthy’s commentsMcCarthy said: “He’s back in regular action now with Southampton and his goal at Spurs on Wednesday night was a real poacher’s goal, he was in the right place at the right time.“Shane is playing again and scoring again and that means he is pushing all the right buttons ahead of Slovakia.”MOST READ IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’Long’s return to some semblance of decent form is a welcome boost for Ireland given that David McGoldrick has recently fallen out of favour at Sheffield United.He’s not been in the squad for The Blades’ last three league fixtures while Troy Parrott’s lack of gametime since Jose Mourinho took over Spurs has been well documented.Meanwhile Long’s teammate at Southampton Michael Obafemi and Aaron Connolly have both been in and out of their club sides so perhaps McCarthy will opt for for a more tried-and-trusted option in the high stakes affair.last_img

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