He is considered by many as one of the most versatile players in the Premier League. He has played in every position for Manchester United, from left-back, right-back, centre-back and central midfield and even a brief spell as an emergency goalkeeper in a match against Tottenham.
O'Shea earned his first senior cap for the Republic of Ireland on 15 August 2001, when he came on as an 84th minute substitute at home to Croatia. During the 2010 World Cup qualifying, O'Shea was ever present in the starting line-up for 8 of the 10 games. In the 1 April 2009 crunch clash with Italy, he was elbowed in the forehead by Giampaolo Pazzini, who earned the record for the fastest sending off in Italian football history. After receiving treatment for the bleeding, O'Shea continued playing all 90 minutes.
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