Niall Quinn pays tribute to Sunderland star's recent form

Former Manchester United utility John O'Shea has attracted praise for his on-field leadership in the Ireland versus Germany match.

Versatile Sunderland player John O'Shea rescued a point for Ireland after netting a last-second equaliser as his country left the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany with a draw.

World Cup winners Germany have just four points after three games, while Ireland, in contrast, are seemingly firing on all cylinders having tallied seven points from a possible nine thanks to two victories and a draw, with ten goals for and just two against.

O'Shea's performance was not without mistakes. He could, after all, have conceded a penalty and his defensive work overall was not above par, however, he will long be remembered for his heroics in the attacking end as he scored against Manuel Neuer.

"It's brilliant for him," said Niall Quinn, who singled out former Manchester United utility O'Shea for specific praise on Sky Sports. "We talked about his career earlier and he is highly-decorated in his own right.

"He wasn't brought to the World Cup as a youngster in 2002, which many people questioned... but all those years on it is hugely fitting that he scored such an important goal.

"He's taken the mantle of the leader of that Ireland side and he's bought into everything Martin O'Neill brought to the team. He leads by example and I am thrilled for him," Quinn concluded.

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