Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy

Date of Birth: 1992-01-01
Current Club: Brighton & Hove Albion
Height: 193cm
Weight: 76kg
First Appearance: v Costa Rica 07/06/2014
Seasons / Competitions Played: 2011 - Under 21, 2016 - Senior Friendly, 2018 - Senior Mens Friendlies, 2022 - FIFA World Cup

The Derry-born centre-back was a regular at the heart of the U21 defence and progressed to captaining the side.

He was promoted to the senior international squad for the summer friendly games in May and June 2014. He made his debut with a solid display against Costa Rica in Philadelphia.

The talented defender previously played at underage level for Northern Ireland and the former Foyle Harps youngster joined Everton in 2008.

He had loan spells at Burnley, Scunthorpe and enjoyed a loan spell with Yeovil Town in the Championship in the 2013-14 season.

Duffy signed for Blackburn Rovers on a three-year deal in 2014 and has been a regular in the Ewood Park side's defence ever since.

He picked up his second cap against Switzerland in March 2016. His fourth cap came in his first competitive start against Italy at UEFA Euro 2016. 

Duffy scored his first international goal away to Georgia in September 2017. 

Duffy continued to be a major part of the Ireland starting XI, especially under manager Stephen Kenny. He scored three goals against Azerbaijan, Qatar and Luxembourg in the latter end of the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and also achieved his 50th cap in the 0-0 draw against Portugal at the Aviva Stadium in November 2021.