Sheffield United’s John Egan said he was “Champions League quality” after Cristiano Ronaldo showed

Irish national coach Stephen Kenny has given Sheffield United defender John Egan high praise after his performance against Cristiano Ronaldo last night.

The middle half of the Blades was part of a determined defense that helped keep the 36-year-old Manchester United star at bay in a goalless tie in front of 51,000 fans at Aviva Stadium.

Although Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next year had long since faded, it was an encouraging performance against the 2016 European champions.

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And Egan, who played in a back four with United, was at the center of a three-way defense for Ireland – a position he has become more accustomed to in recent years and he has put up a defense that has stood firm in the face of one with Stars occupied Portuguese occupation.

The Irish captain was then applauded by Kenny, who described him as “Champions League quality”.

He said, “The back three was absolutely superb.

“I loved Seamus and so did John Egan.

“I think the players get better, we get better as a team and everyone plays their part.

“I think John Egan could play in the Champions League.”

Ireland concludes its qualification campaign with a trip to Luxembourg on Sunday evening. A win for Kenny’s side would result in them finishing third in the group.

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