With The Guardian reporting that Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has selected his 23-man squad for this summer's Euro 2012, many who watch international soccer regularly looked at the roster and had just one question:
"Who's that again?"
Admittedly, the Republic of Ireland has had few players worthy of international renown. A few have slid through the cracks. Robbie Keane is probably the most well-known Irish player, with players like Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Hunt right behind him.
Sadly, most of the world doesn't know about longtime veterans Damien Duff or John O'Shea who have an astonishing 170 international caps between them.
The lads of the Emerald Isle are going up against the likes of Spain, Italy and Croatia in the group stages of Euro 2012, so we'll all be up close and personal with them—even if it'll only be for a few weeks.
As the Republic of Ireland makes its way onto our television sets, let's make our way into learning about who these players are. That said, I give you a player-by-player guide to the Republic of Ireland's 23-man roster for this summer's Euro 2012.