Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy believes that if his side manages to secure a victory against Slovakia in March then the possibility is high for them qualify for the Euro 2020 finals.
McCarthy is aware that there is a tough battle ahead for himself and his charges but he is confident that they can pull it off if they work together as a team.
“We all know it’s hard,” he said. “But we’ve got to believe we can do it. The first one is the key. If we win the first one, I think we’ll win the second one. We’ll get momentum (and) we’ll win the second one.
"But we’ve got to beat Slovakia first and they are no mugs by any stretch. They’ve only lost once at home (in qualifying) and that was against Croatia.”
“I’m not going to be intimidated going to Windsor Park. And I don’t think the players are going to be if that’s where they are going.
McCarthy shared this while addressing the media in Dublin on Monday following the official launch of INTERSPORT Elverys as the title sponsor of the FAI Summer Schools - he further touched on Troy Parrott's new contract at Tottenham Hotspur.
“Playing U23 reserve team football is not the platform for him to get in this squad,” he said.
The manager also mentioned that he will be calling up players who have already made appearances for Ireland this season including James McCarthy and Shane Long respectively.
“The exception is that he (McCarthy) has played before, he wouldn’t be coming in and making a debut,” said the manager. “It wouldn’t be alien to him and he wouldn’t be nervous about it.” Ditto, Shane Long.
“Nobody’s doubting his ability. It’s great that he’s got in and is playing some games. He’s got a much better chance if he’s playing, it’s as simple as that. He’s got no chance if he’s not playing.”
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