Despite the fact that Thierry Henry cheated Ireland out of the World Cup, McShane was responsible for not clearing the ball. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. Since he donned the green shirt in 2006 against the Czech Republic, it has been a horror show. More like a blind jack russell than a footballer, there is always a sense of foreboding when McShame steps onto the field.
It's the issue that has dominated Irish football for the last 2 years: how is one of the best creative midfield players, Andy Reid, excommunicated from Trappatoni's squad while a dud like Whelan gets to start. Whelan can only pass sideways and backwards, and is responsible for turning giving the ball away into an art form.
Yes, thats right, the legendary Donegal keeper is on the list. Why? It's simple. When the back pass rule changed after Italia 90 (largely because of Ireland;s hit and hope policy), Bonner was exposed as he struggled to clear the ball and teams target him because of that. Also put Ireland out of both Italia 90 and USA 94 due to two shocking howlers that are frequently seen on "football funniest moments" style shows. Thank god for Shay Given.
Who'd have thought Zinedine Kilbane would have won over a hundred caps. It just shows why so many of the current squad are on this list. He was briefly good at the start of the noughties and could beat the odd Andorran wing-back, but alas, it wasn't to be.
One of the most limited players to wear the green, keeping the ball was an impossible task. The two mistakes against Bulgaria sum up Kilbane's ability perfectly. Fair to say he has a great heart.
All style, no substance. McGeady should be one of the top wingers in Europe, but instead ends up as a damp squib mainly due to the fact that he loses the ball at an alarming rate, always takes at touch too much and doesn't believe in passing to others. Although you can't really blame him for not passing it to Glenn Whelan.
What happened?! One of the stars of the show on the road to WC 2002, a guy who once had interest from some of the mega clubs in Spain and Italy, as well as one the most devastating left feet in world, turned almost overnight into Paul McShane. After the disaster of Leeds, Harte's career fizzled out with Lavente and Blackpool where he currently plays.