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Forde determined to grasp his chance

David Forde is hoping his lucky break will earn him a World Cup adventure with Ireland.

The 33-year-old Millwall goalkeeper was handed a rare start for his country in the 2-0 friendly victory over Poland on Wednesday evening, and manager Giovanni Trapattoni has indicated that he could keep his place for next month's qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

Forde has got his chance because of number one Keiren Westwood's current lack of football at Sunderland, where he is under-study to Simon Mignolet, and while the two men are good friends, he is determined to grasp it. He said: "I have been lucky - football is a lot about luck as well when you get a break."

Forde added: "I managed to get a lucky break and Keiren has been unfortunate. I am good friends with Keiren off the pitch, so I am disappointed for him.

"But look, that's football and to be fair, he has supported me all the way and I would do the same for him.

"At the end of the day, it's great that the manager has put that trust in me, so I will take that as a compliment and a massive slap on the back.

"It's given me great confidence and belief that a manager like that has shown his faith in me, and I just hope now I can repay him and bring a level of consistency in performances from club level into the international set-up."

Forde recovered from an uncertain start, during which he scuffed a couple of clearances, to make a series of vital saves as the Poles dominated the opening half-hour.

However, Ireland took the lead against the run of play when central defender Ciaran Clark fired home 10 minutes before the break, and they grew in confidence to such an extent that by the time substitute Wes Hoolahan doubled their advantage 14 minutes from time, they were on top.


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