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Paul McGrath hails Richard Dunne

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Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath has claimed Richard Dunne's performance against Russia was the greatest display he had seen from a Republic of Ireland defender.

Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath has claimed Richard Dunne's performance against Russia was the greatest display he had seen from a Republic of Ireland defender.

Dunne was heroic in Ireland's goalless draw in Moscow with vital interceptions and brilliant goal-line clearance to deny the Russians and keep his country's Euro 2012 qualification hopes alive.

And McGrath tweeted: "Richard Dunne congratulations. The best performance I have seen from any Irish centre-half and that includes myself."

Ireland head into their final two games still two points adrift, but confident that the race for the top of Group B remains alive – all the more so after Armenia's stunning 4-0 win in Slovakia last night.

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