McCarthy delighted with players’ enthusiasm

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Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy says he is encouraged by the enthusiasm of his squad ahead of the Euro qualifiers.

Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy says he is encouraged by the enthusiasm of his squad ahead of the Euro qualifiers.

Republic of Ireland head coach Mick McCarthy says he is encouraged by the enthusiasm of his squad ahead of the Euro qualifiers.

 

Despite the club season coming to an end, the football has not finished and the Republic have two vitally important games next month against Denmark and Gibraltar in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

McCarthy is going to take his players away to a training camp in Portugal ahead of those games and says he has been encouraged by the responses he has gained from the those set to be included.

‘I was delighted that Sheffield United won promotion as it means the four players from there can come,’ he said.

‘There’s a bit of a dilemma of who is going to be there (in Portugal) and who is going to be in the play-off final.

I’ve spoken to the lads who are taking part in the semi-finals and, not to put a negative on it, I said, ‘if you lose are you happy to come to Portugal and be selected’ and every single one them said ‘absolutely’.

‘Winning the two games against Gibraltar and Georgia put us top of the group and has meant players are thinking ‘you know what, we may have a chance here, we may be at Euro 2020’.

Everyone wants to be involved in that and that’s great for all of us.’

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