Sheedy's International Honour
Everton legend inducted into Republic of Ireland Hall of Fame.
Kevin Sheedy said he felt privileged to be considered among Republic of Ireland’s greatest ever players after being inducted into the FAI’s prestigious Hall of Fame.
The 53-year-old’s name was added to his country’s footballing roll of honour at an awards ceremony in Dublin on Sunday evening.
Sheedy, who earned 46 international caps, joins Paul McGrath, David O’Leary, Kevin Moran, former Evertonian Tommy Eglington and a host of other Irish legends in the exclusive group of players.
“There are many greats who have been acknowledged in the past so it’s a real personal honour,” Sheedy told evertonfc.com. “I played 19 years for the Republic, from the youth teams right the way through. I was involved in World Cups and European Championships, so it is a great honour to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
“It was nice to catch up with a lot of old friends and faces that I hadn’t seen for a while. The awards evening was broadcast live on [Irish television channel] RTE, so it was a really good evening.”
Sheedy represented his country’s senior side for nine years between 1984 and 1993, but he lists one particular month as the pinnacle of his international career.
Speaking about his favourite recollection in the Green shirt, Sheedy added: “I would say scoring against England at Italia ‘90.
“It was the first goal that the Republic of Ireland scored at a World Cup so that is a piece of history that no-one will be able to take away from me.
“Another memory of that tournament is scoring in the penalty shoot-out against Romania which helped us progress to the quarter-finals. We then played Italy in Rome in front of 80,000 people.
“Playing in the biggest tournament against the best players in the world was something that I will always look back on with great satisfaction.”
Having competed at Euro 2012, Republic of Ireland are now aiming to reach their first World Cup finals in 12 years.
However, qualification for next summer’s tournament in Brazil has begun with a rocky start. Giovanni Trapattoni’s team were humbled 6-1 at home by Germany in October and are now placed third in Group C after three fixtures.
“It is going to be difficult to qualify but everyone wants to get to the World Cup in Brazil,” Sheedy said of their chances. “There is a lot of hard work to be done in the next qualifiers and I think we would need to pick up a minimum of four points. The next couple of games will be key.”
Republic of Ireland visit second place Sweden on 22 March before hosting Austria four days later.