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Enda Stevens plays in 'embarrassing' result for Ireland as woes for Sheffield United man continue

Enda Stevens was part of the Republic of Ireland team which lost 1-0 to international football minnows Luxembourg.

Despite being 56 places below the Irish in the Fifa rankings, they left the Aviva Stadium victorious in this World Cup qualifer.

Stevens’ teammate, Seamus Coleman, described the result afterwards as “embarrassing”.

It was certainly a pretty miserable day for Irish football and the Sheffield United defender was far from the only guilty party.

Yet for Stevens this sums up what has been a season in which he’s endured a remarkable downturn in form.

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Again, there are problems at Bramall Lane far bigger than the performances of the 30-year-old.

Stevens also isn’t the only reason why the Blades are currently bottom of the Premier League table and seemingly destined for relegation.

But he hasn’t helped matters, either.

Stevens display for Ireland continues season of woe

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Stevens played an integral role in the success United enjoyed under Chris Wilder.

Signed form Portsmouth on a free transfer following promotion to the Championship in 2017, the left-back’s rose alongside the South Yorkshire side.

As a wing-back in Wilder’s 3-5-2 system, Stevens provided the all important width. However, the Irishman also knew when to cover for the now famed overlapping centre-backs.

When the Blades finished ninth in their first top flight campaign in 12 years, Stevens started all 38 league matches.

Which is why his poor displays this term were as surprising as they have been disappointing. Whether at wing-back or covering in central defence, Stevens has largely struggled.

Unfortunately for United fans, hearing that the full-back has played for his national team in a game described as “embarrassing” no longer comes as a shock.

The surprise now would be seeing Stevens included in the starting XI in 2021/22.

Which would be a sad end to several years of great service.

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