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Player's praise for Kesh on the radio

By Ivan Little

Forget Obama, Putin, Cameron and the rest of the G8 leaders. Fermanagh has a new ambassador.

For former Arsenal and England defender, Martin Keown, has been singing the praises of the county during his Premier League football commentaries of all things.

Big Martin is now an analyst on the radio and recently, when he was doing a double act with Belfast-born Alan Green, he managed to plug Fermanagh.

He said that his father was a native of Kesh in Fermanagh and then he added: "It's a lovely little place."

Alan then asked Martin why he didn't play for Northern Ireland, instead of 'lumbering himself' with England, and he replied: "My father said if you are taking all the benefits that the country brings, you are going to play for England."

To which Alan Green said: "You wouldn't have got into our side, anyway."

Keown has been to Kesh regularly in the past.

And not so long ago he was spotted jogging and working out in the village which was also the birthplace of Northern Ireland striker, Kyle Lafferty.

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