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12 reasons why John O'Shea is a complete and utter legend

It’s the Ireland international defender’s 34th birthday today.

1. He once nutmegged Luis Figo


2. He’s actually a pretty good goalkeeper

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3. In a game featuring Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo and Dennis Bergkamp, he still managed to outshine them all with this sublime finish

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4. There’s also the small matter of THAT goal against Germany

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5. And he managed to upset Hitler in the process

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6. In general, he’s put in his fair share of superb performances for Ireland

Soccer - FIFA World Cup 2010 - Play Offs - Second Leg - France v Republic of Ireland - Stade de France Source: Martin Rickett

7. Just to prove he’s human, he hit THE worst shot in the history of football

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8. He doesn’t let fame go to his head though — at the end of the day, he’s just one of the lads

Soccer - Manchester United Training Session - Stade Gerland Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

9. He has a knack for scoring crucial goals

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10. He boasts some mean soccer skills

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11. And his Wes Brown knowledge is better than yours

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12. Sometimes, he even gets mistaken for Brown

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Quiz: Nigel Pearson wants to know.. are you an ostrich?>

Terry is now joint-top-scoring defender in PL history while an Irishman is 3rd>

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