Republic of Ireland had to draw a number on Richard Dunne's
shirt in felt-tip because they forgot to bring a replacement.
The defender needed a new shirt after a painful collision
during the 0-0 draw against Russia in Moscow that left him needing four
UEFA's Euro 2012 qualifying regulations dictate that all
players must have a number on the front and rear of the shirt, so it fell to
goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly to draw them on himself.
Giovanni Trapattoni said: "In life, these things happen. We forgot the reserve
"We wrote the number five and thank
God, he went back on to the pitch immediately."
Dunne produced a heroic performance after his injury, helping
Ireland to a seventh consecutive clean sheet.
"He was fantastic. I thank God that we had
Richard in this game.
"He sacrificed himself because he went back on to the
pitch with four stitches. He understood the need to stay on the pitch."
- Richard Dunne
- Republic of Ireland