The Irish Mail on Sunday
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ward to,’ O’Shea joked.
If, as expected, O’Shea plays against Turkey and Italy before returning home, it will take his tally of games for the season to 50 after a gruelling period with Sunderland.
There was heartache when they were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final in March, and it looked as if they would then drop into the Championship before Gus Poyet helped mastermind one of the greatest survivals in English top-flight history.
Wins against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United at Old Trafford, as well as a point away to eventual champions City, pretty much guaranteed their Premier League status before they eventually finished the season in 14th place. The final flourish glossed over a lot of problems at the Stadium of Light and O’Shea is glad to put the season behind him.
‘The perfect description is a rollercoaster,’ he said. ‘And it was great we went on the run we did. We showed dur-