A former League of Ireland star who has enhanced his career across the water in England with Reading FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Kevin Doyle has been the preferred strike partner for Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane in recent years and took his international goal tally into double figures on the road to UEFA EURO 2012.
• Began his career in the League of Ireland Premier Division with Saint Patrick's Athletic FC before heading south to Cork City FC, where he soon emerged as one of the division's leading attractions, scoring 13 goals in the 2004 season.
• Found the net another seven times in 2005 before he was transferred mid-campaign to Reading; those goals would help Cork to win the Irish title for only the second time.
• An immediate success at Reading, he scored 18 goals in 45 appearances to help Steve Coppell's side gain promotion to the Premier League as Championship title winners; he backed that up with 13 goals in his debut Premier League campaign as the Berkshire club finished in an impressive eighth place.
• Made his international bow in Stephen Staunton's first game as manager, a 3-0 win over Sweden, and scored four times in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying to establish himself as a regular in the team's attack alongside record goalscorer Keane.
• Relegated back to the Championship with Reading in 2008, he remained with the club and scored 18 goals in that division before returning to the top flight with Wolves for a club-record fee; scored nine and five goals respectively over next two seasons to help the team preserve their Premier League status.
• Started nine of Ireland's UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, scoring home and away against Andorra.
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