Ferdinand, Kilbane & more: Twitter reacts as England draw with Ireland
Rio Ferdinand and Kevin Kilbane both tweet their thoughts after England and the Republic of Ireland play out a 1-1 draw at Wembley
Frank Lampard continued his goal-scoring run for England as the midfielder’s strike secured a draw against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley.
West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long gave the visitors a 13th-minute lead before Chelsea star Lampard scored his sixth Three Lions goal in as many appearances, with Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missing the best second-half chance to seal a win for the hosts.
Here, The Sport Review brings you some of the best of the Twitter reaction from both the English and Irish professionals in chronological order after what proved to be a bore draw in the first meeting between the sides since 1995.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) is feeling confident about a Three Lions win: “England to win 3-1 for me!”
West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (@stevenreid12) is thrilled to see his team-mate open the scoring: “Get in there Longy tremendous header!!”
Ex-Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) hails the striker’s header: “Get in there. Great start @FAIreland. Brilliant goal by Shane Long.”
But Aston Villa midfielder Andreas Weimann (@andiweimann) isn’t surprised in the slightest to see Lampard level: “The problem is that Lampard doesn’t score enough goals!”
Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) recognises how prolific the Chelsea midfielder is: “Shock! #Lampard gets into the box yet again…. 1-1 #England #ROI”
Ex-Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (@morriskid) still finds it amusing that Lampard used to get stick: “I still get the giggles at those supposed England fans who would boo him a year or so ago…mugs!!”
Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock (@RealRazor) is worried for Daniel Sturridge, who leaves the field injured: “Anyone know what happened to Sturridge, ankle , knee etc??????”
Ex-West Ham United defender Julian Dicks (@JULIAN3DICKS) isn’t enjoying the spectacle: “Well that was 45 minutes of c**p football.”
Burnley midfielder Kevin Long (@kevinlong28) is impressed by two Ireland players in particular: “James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman have been brilliant for Ireland.”
Reading striker Noel Hunt (@boyhunt) isn’t impressed by stereotyping of Irish supporters: “Having a good night, probably every night ‘not a bit stereotypical from ITV there’ – someone tell the commentator the Famine is over too #clown”
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) looks for the positives from the stalemate – but finds none: “Even though results haven’t been great, felt tactically England were maturing, but this is a step back to the dark ages of two lines of four.”
Ex-Bradford City manager Chris Kamara (@chris_kammy) finds a silver lining: “For those watching it has ended 1-1. Not a good performance but not the worst, always a silver lining! Copacabana beach here we come this weekend.”
Everton defender Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) hails his Toffees team-mate: “Well done. Take a draw. Seamus unbelievable once again!! What a player!”
Ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor (@NeilMellor33) feels sorry for the players: “International friendlies at the end of the season!! #pointless #givetheladsarest”
Finally, former Crystal Palace star Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) wants to see Wilfried Zaha called up as Sturridge’s replacement: “What did we learn from playing the Republic of Ireland? That we can battle, that we lacked a game changer, Walcott & Chamberlain poor. If Sturridge is out, then take Wilfried Zaha to Brazil, he’s up to speed, ready, and will get past defenders in one of one situations.”