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3 Irish players named in the EFL Team of 2016

Trio Keiren Westwood, John Egan and Graham Carey make the cut.

Westwood was part of the Ireland squad for Euro 2016, but failed to get on the pitch.
Westwood was part of the Ireland squad for Euro 2016, but failed to get on the pitch.
Image: Richard Sellers

THREE IRISH PLAYERS have been included in the EFL Team of the Year with Ireland international Keiren Westwood joining uncapped pair John Egan and Graham Carey in the XI.

Goalkeeper Westwood has been one of Sheffield Wednesday’s star performers in 2016, and made several outstanding saves as the Owls lost to Hull City in May’s play-off final.

The 32-year-old has already kept eight clean sheets this term as Wednesday aim to end their near 17-year absence from the top flight.

Egan, who was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year at the end of last season, swapped Gillingham for Championship side Brentford in the summer, and the centre-back has maintained his impressive form at the higher level.

The 24-year-old, who has yet to be called-up by the Ireland senior side, has started all of Brentford’s games this season, scoring three goals in the process.

Brentford v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet Championship - Griffin Park Egan will be hoping to force his way into Martin O'Neill's plans in 2017. Source: Steven Paston

Completing the Irish trio is Plymouth midfielder Graham Carey, who scored 11 goals and set up a 11 more in League Two last term, as the Pilgrims narrowly missed out on promotion after losing to AFC Wimbledon the play-off final.

Notts County v Plymouth Argyle - Sky Bet League Two - Meadow Lane Carey has reportedly caught the interest of several Championship clubs. Source: Tim Goode

With nine goals and eight assists to his name already this season, the 27-year-old will become a free agent in the summer if he fails to agree a contract extension on the south coast, with a host of clubs monitoring the Blanchardstown man’s situation.

Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg also makes the team, which is made up of the best performers in the Football League from the calendar year.

EFL Team of the Year

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