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2010 World Cup Qualifiers - Appearances Made and Goals Scored

In Group 8 of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers the Irish team was drawn with Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Montenegro and Georgia. This was the first qualification campaign for Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland manager. Despite ending the qualification campaign without being beaten the Irish team finished in second place and six points behind the Italians. Six draws out of ten matches simply wasn't good enough to win automatic qualification so Ireland had to face France in a two match play-off. Following 0-1 defeat at home in Croke Park qualification looked out of reach.

In the return tie in Paris Robbie Keane levelled the tie after 33 minutes and the Irish were playing better than the French. The match went into extra time with the Irish continuing to have the better chances to score when disaster struck. A double hand ball by Thierry Henry went unnoticed by the match officials and his dinked cross was nodded home from close range by William Gallas. Despite vigorous appeals by the players at the time, and by the FAI in the days after the match, there would be no Irish team in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Irish Player Appearances in World Cup 2010 Qualifiers

Trapattoni used 24 different Irish players in twelve matches during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. The following players appeared for the Republic of Ireland during the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Shay Given
Robbie Keane
Richard Dunne
Kevin Kilbane
John O'Shea
Glen Whelan
Stephen Hunt
Kevin Doyle
Aidan McGeady
Keith Andrews
Damien Duff
Sean St Ledger
Paul McShane
Leon Best
Caleb Folan
Andy Keogh
Liam Lawrence
Darron Gibson
Steven Reid
Steve Finnan
Stephen Kelly
Noel Hunt
Martin Rowlands
Liam Miller

Irish Goal Scorers During World Cup 2010 Qualifiers

The following players scored goals for the Republic of Ireland during the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign matches.

Goals Scored
Robbie Keane
Kevin Doyle
Richard Dunne
Glen Whelan
Sean St Ledger

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