Republic of Ireland: “Brilliant” Quinn captain of the country in the 100th friendly selection


Quinn will become the fifth Republic player to win 100 international caps

Louise Quinn will captain the Republic of Ireland as she earns her 100th international cap in Monday’s friendly against Morocco in Marbella.

Vera Pauw’s side are playing the game as part of their preparations for next summer’s World Cup final.

Birmingham defender Quinn, 32, will join Emma Byrne, Aine O’Gorman, Ciara Grant and Niamh Fahey to complete a century of appearances for her country.

“Louise is a superb footballer and a brilliant person,” said Pauw.

She added: “He is someone who gives absolutely everything to his career, his teammates and his country.

“The fighting spirit she has is exactly what this Ireland team is all about, so it’s no surprise she’s a key part of it.

“Any young player looking to build a successful career in international football should watch how Louise always makes herself available for every training session and every game.

“How she is always focused in team meetings with intelligent questions, how she leads on the pitch, how she responds to challenges and setbacks, how she treats every player, staff member and supporter with equal respect and how she appreciates every opportunity that she gets to represent her country.

“The history books will show that Louise is one of the few players, so far, to reach 100 caps and anyone who knows her can attest to the commitment she has shown to reach this milestone.

“We are so happy that Louise achieved this feat and we are even more happy that she continues to be part of our team.”

The Republic qualified for their first-ever major final last month by beating Scotland 1-0 in a play-off at Hampden Park.

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