Watch: Graham Burke becomes first League of Ireland player to play for Ireland in 11 years

Mon, May 28 2018

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Graham Burke became the first League of Ireland player to make a senior appearance for the Republic of Ireland in 11 years when he took the field against France in Paris on Monday night.

The Shamrock Rovers frontman was introduced from the bench with 20 minutes to go in place of Callum O'Dowda and took up a left-wing slot up against Djibril Sidibé of Monaco.

The 24-year-old is the first League of Ireland star to wear the green shirt since Joe Gamble of Cork City made two appearances during a pre-season tour to the United States in May 2007.

Gamble made his debut off the bench against Bolivia before starting the game against Bolivia three days later – his second and final appearance for his country.

Burke had previously taken to the field against Celtic during Scott Brown's testimonial at Celtic Park earlier this month, less than 24 hours after playing 88 minutes for Rovers in Sligo.

Read Macdara Ferris' report from Stade de France here.


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