Fans react on Twitter to James McClean display for Republic of Ireland

The Real Madrid star, unsurprisingly, was Wales' best outlet in their World Cup qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland on Friday night.

However, injury concerns appear to disrupt nearly every Ireland preparation and yet again the James McCarthy saga continued in the build-up, right up to the warm-up before the game as the Everton man, who was named in the starting XI, was unable to start.

But, the other Neil Taylor chose to see the amusing side of their messages.

Wales' defender Neil Taylor (L) is shown a red card by Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli during the World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on March 24, 2017.

He said: "If you looked at it at the start of the campaign and said to us, "Would you take a point in the Republic and a point in Austria?', I'm not so sure I would have said, "I don't want that". "He's having the season of a lifetime at club level". If I see it again, I'll apologise to you and say he got it wrong. At the time I thought I was caught by an elbow.

Bale will miss one game through suspension, the visit to Group D leaders Serbia on June 11.

Allen said of the absence of talisman Bale in Belgrade: "It's always disappointing when people miss out through suspension and we're going to miss Gareth".

Mr. Kenny joined Ireland fans across the country in hoping that Seamie's doctors are able to do as good a job as possible when it comes to healing the man the Killybegs.

His absence comes at a hard time for third-placed Wales who are four points adrift of Serbia and the Republic of Ireland at the halfway stage, having drawn four of their five matches in Group D. Because it was a little bit of both.

'Serbia will obviously be glad that he's not playing but we feel we've got enough to go out there and overcome that'.

Another said: "Can't find the correct Neil Taylor so I'm gonna call you a f****** d*****d instead!"

But Allen was not giving up on reaching Russian Federation 2018 despite a fourth consecutive draw and an uphill task, adding: 'We can take three points off everyone, which is what we've still got in our hands'.

  • Julie Sanders