The Republic of Ireland beat Latvia 3-2 in a friendly last night as Sheffield United’s John Egan came off the bench to help things along.
Much to the relief of Blades fans and Paul Heckingbottom, Egan only played a small role in the win. Coming off the bench in the 63rd minutes, Egan ensured Ireland got over the line as they scored just two minutes after his introduction.
The Irish were facing Latvia in preparation for taking on France next in Euros qualifying. Egan is likely to be recalled to the starting XI for that one.
Ireland’s media impressed
John Egan is seen as one of the senior players within the Ireland set up. He has skippered his country more than once and he was clearly introduced by Stephen Kenny to get the job done.
Irish media outlets were out in force after the game. And in the main, it seems Egan left a decent enough impression on proceedings.
“Brought on at a time when Ireland looked somewhat vulnerable at the back, Egan steadied the ship and saw out what was a comfortable closing period. Rating 6,” Balls.IE wrote.
“Helped lead the defensive line when he replaced Omobamidele. Rating: 6,” the Irish Times added.
While the Irish Independent included Egan in a cluster of players scoring a 7 off the bench, with Egan’s experience noted as being key in seeing the game out.
“Mikey Johnson came on for his debut and made an instant impact, hitting the post after a strong run forward. Chiedozie Ogbene was first to the rebound to score, while Johnston went close to a fine solo goal late on. John Egan’s experience helped Ireland see out the win as Troy Parrott, James McClean and Jeff Hendrick were also involved late on.
Sheffield United News View: Fully fit Egan is crucial for the run-in
Egan is the glue that holds the Bladed backline together on most occasions. He’s been consistently excellent since signing from Brentford and has once again been one of the key players this season.
The Irishman coming back from international duty fully fit is imperative for United. Any sort of injury to our main centre-back would be a disaster at this time of the season.
For now, it’s looking ok for the Blades and Egan. But with France coming up next, eyes at Bramall Lane will be firmly fixed on just how he gets on against Kylian Mbappe and co.