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It’s harder than ever for young Irish players to break through in England

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He came on for a relegated club that lost 4-0 at home, so Norwich City’s Tony Springett’s Premier League debut last weekend caught little attention in the footballing world.

But when the winger (19) came on as a second-half substitute – his side were already 3-0 at West Ham – it was meaningful and face-saving from an Irish perspective. His substitution made the teenager the 15th Republic player allowed to play in the Premier League that season, a welcome boost: to have just 14 players in that league in one season would have been an all-time low in three decades of the Premier League -Soccer.

https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/its-harder-than-ever-for-young-irish-players-to-make-the-grade-in-england-41637421.html It’s harder than ever for young Irish players to break through in England

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