2011 Mark made his debut with Eng­land in 2011 (he stopped play­ing for Ire­land in 2008 be­fore tak­ing a manda­tory three-year break to wear a dif­fer­ent shirt) .

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218 caps (all with Ire­land)


233 caps (105 with Eng­land, 80 with Ire­land and rest with GB)

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The first few times they faced each other, they were in di­rect con­tact with each other on the field. As Mark started out as a for­ward for Eng­land, he would come up against Paul, a de­fender, on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. The sit­u­a­tion is less com­pli­cated now as Mark has be­come a mid­fielder.

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Mark, who be­gan life jug­gling be­tween cricket and hockey, could have had a ca­reer with the for­mer. The 33-year-old used to play age-group cricket and at one point of time counted the likes of Eoin Mor­gan and Kevin O’Brien as team­mates.

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