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Raised in the EFL: International Caps

8 February 2019

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Doncaster Rovers have a proud history of producing players who go on to have excellent careers in professional football. Three of these famous names went on to represent their national side.

Brian Deane, Paul Green, and Brendan O’Callaghan all began their careers at Rovers Academy and went on to earn international caps for England (Dean) and Ireland (Green and O’Callaghan).

Green is currently competing in his 10th season of professional football after signing for Crewe Alexandra at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. The midfielder came through Rovers’ ranks making his debut in 2001 and going on to make more than 200 appearances. He played 22 times for the Republic of Ireland between 2010 and 2014.

Deane began his youth career at Rovers in the early 1980s. He broke through into the first team in 1985 making 66 appearances and scoring 12 times. He moved to Sheffield United in 1988 and made three England appearances whilst at the Blades. He went on to have a very successful career spending time at Leeds United, Benfica, Leicester City and West Ham United.

O’Callaghan made his first Rovers appearance in 1973 having been spotted by club scouts whilst playing for Bradford Boys and Yorkshire schools. After just six months in the youth set-up, he made his debut for the club. O’Callaghan went on to make more than 180 appearances for Rovers scoring 66 goals. He earned six caps for the Republic of Ireland between 1979 and 1982.

Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Peterborough United on Saturday February 9. Tickets are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office, on 01302 762576 or at

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