David Forde: Factfile

Goalkeeper David Forde
Goalkeeper David Forde
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Here’s all you need to know about goalkeeper David Forde.

1. David Forde is a 36-year-old goalkeeper with 24 caps for Republic of Ireland.

2. He played 11 times for Millwall last season in League One, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

3. The keeper has been at The Den since 2008, where he has made more than 300 appearances.

4. Forde was named Milwall’s player of the season in the 2013-14 campaign, helping them regain their Championship status.

5. The Irishman had an offer to join Pompey back in 2002 but turned it down in favour of a move to West Ham.

6. Pompey are Forde’s fifth loan club. He’s also had loan spells at Bournemouth, Luton, Barnet and Derry City.

7. Forde started his career at hometown club Galway United back in 1999.

8. His honours include two League of Ireland cups and the FAI Cup with Derry City, plus a League One play-off victory in 2010 with Millwall.

9. Forde became the oldest player to make his competitive debut for Ireland against Sweden in a World Cup Qualifier in 2013.

10. He was named in Ireland’s squad for Euro 2012 without making an appearance at the finals.

11. Forde started Ireland’s 2016 Euro qualifying campaign as Martin O’Neill’s No1 and played in the 1-1 with Germany in 2014.

12. He played their first four games in qualifying and started the Republic’s warm-up game against Belarus in May, but was omitted from the squad that travelled to France this summer.