One of the survivors of Ireland’s last appearance in a major international tournament, Duff shone as a youngster making his breakthrough at the highest level in the 2002 World Cup finals.
The years since then have seen him star for Chelsea in the thrilling first team of champions assembled by Jose Mourinho, endure a difficult spell at Newcastle and then find a home of his talents in London with Fulham. Direct, dynamic and capable of scoring goals with powerful long-range shooting, he is a key man for Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni this summer.
The veteran Italian in charge of the Ireland team has enjoyed success with the Ireland team by relying on a defensive game plan that relies on a handful of star names to find a goal that could turn a game in his favour. Duff is one of those match winners who will be expected to deliver in Ukraine this summer after starring in seven Euro 2012 qualifying games.