Doherty is second choice – McCarthy

Matt Doherty is in the Wolves squad for Torino test.

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy says Matt Doherty needs to do more if he is to leap ahead of Seamus Coleman in his team.

The Wolves ace did not play a minute of Ireland’s recent internationals, with McCarthy throwing his support behind Everton’s Coleman.

Doherty was an unused substitute against Denmark and Gibraltar, with Coleman playing the full 90 minutes in both fixtures.

The 27-year-old has made seven appearances for Ireland since making his debut in 2018 but McCarthy says he is currently playing second fiddle on the international stage.

He told reporters: ‘In my opinion, Seamus is the best right-back.

I think Matt is a fabulous right-back but, unfortunately for him, I think Seamus is a better one.

‘At this moment in time why would I leave Seamus out? But it’s always about someone who doesn’t play.

And the other thing about Seamus is, he’s a fabulous personality and the captain of the team.

It’s just difficult, you know.

‘Matt isn’t an attacker, he’s a right wing-back and he is a brilliant right wing-back for Wolves but unfortunately sometimes, the manager just thinks that there is somebody who is better in that position.

‘I really love Matt Doherty.

I signed him at Wolves, he’s had a great career.

‘ Doherty will now get the chance to rest up before returning to club duties for the start of pre-season training later this month.