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13 June 2016

Former Ireland international believes Daryl Murphy can write himself into Irish folklore at the Euros

Alan Lee is hoping Daryl Murphy can make himself a national hero by helping the Republic of Ireland to success in the European Championship.

Murph’s Republic of Ireland open their group campaign in the Euros against Sweden at the Stade de France this afternoon (kick-off 5pm), with the striker playing in his first major finals. 

“I’m delighted for Murph. What an honour,” the former Town striker and Republic of Ireland international Alan told Ipswich Player HD. 

“The country goes mad at home when Ireland are in a major tournament and Murph has a chance now to go and make himself a hero.

“It’s funny how it’s worked out for him, having not played for so many years and then to come back into the squad. 

“Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor coming to the Club has worked out perfectly for him. They put him up front and he’s not looked back from there. 

“He had a spectacular season two years back and keeps himself in great shape. He deserves his chance and I hope it works out great for him and Ireland." 

While wishing Murph well, Academy coach Alan has words of sympathy for David McGoldrick who missed out on the final 23 for the finals with Ireland. 

“It is obviously disappointing for Didz that he is not out in France,” he added.

“I think if he had been playing regularly over the last two years he would have been in the squad.

“He’s had a disrupted time with injuries but now he can have a rest during the summer and come back fit and well and ready to go for next season.” 

You can see how Murph's Ireland get on as they face Sweden in the Stade de France this afternoon from 5pm on BBC One. 

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Alan now 

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