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IRISH CRISIS: Former Everton star Kilbane calls for "proper youth system"

Former Sunderland and Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane says the Republic of Ireland need a national academy.

Kilbane wrote in the Daily Mail: "We have produced quality young players over the years and we're still doing it, as the emergence of Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady in the last six months has shown. But we could be doing an awful lot better.

"A national academy, where there is not this `win-at-all-costs' mentality, would help develop and encourage talented players before they go over to England.

"Then we need a proper system in place, with ex-internationals or players who have played in England - even those who didn't make it can pass on their knowledge - to ensure they help them when they go over there.

"I've lost count of the number of young players, with real potential, who have been lost to the game, basically because they got lost at English clubs."

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