24/10/2019

Mick McCarthy to rotate Republic of Ireland team for Bulgaria friendly


Mick McCarthy has shown he will make changes such as the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Bulgaria on Tuesday, live on Sky Sports.
The Republic encounter this match on the rear of a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, which they drew 1-1 with Switzerland.
McCarthy is now ready to spin his squad and omit a few of the players that featured in the Aviva Stadium in that match.
“You will notice some changes,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to view [the group players] play.
“It is an opportunity for those who have travelled around Gibraltar and Denmark and supported that the lads to have a game.
“Whoever plays, we would like to win the match.
“If I make three substitutions, six substitutions – Why does it weaken the team, strengthen the team?
“Players who haven’t been enjoying, if they get the chance to play, will be busting a gut to play in their top level and as well as they possibly can.”
Without showing if they will begin, the 60-year-old said both Scott Hogan and James Collins will play a part in the game, also there may be a potential return for Matt Doherty when he can overcome an accident.
McCarthy stated:”James and Scott will both play.
“I’d love to see a performance from them that disturbs me believing I may need to play with them to another game.
“Or that everyone else sees that and they believe that they could play and, if so-and-so isn’t doing the company, then we’ve got other players who can come in and do a job as well, if not better.”
As well as rotating the XI for this friendly, McCarthy has disclosed his plans to include some of this Republic of Ireland U21 players in future squads – as long as it doesn’t hamper their particular qualifying campaign.
The kids, who are at the top of the European group, conquer on 1-0 on Friday, together with Sweden their opponents on Tuesday.
McCarthy has highlighted a couple players who stood out in that remarkable victory in Tallaght to get him.
He said:”I was really impressed. Surely by (Aaron) Connolly, I thought that he had been the pick of the bunch. (Jayson) Molumby too. Both may play, both can pass on the ball.
“I expect they have playing with their own teams. I hope should they do start playing that they give me that problem and this dilemma.
“When I was to play them and they were not to perform well, that question would be asked . I trust myself, Terry (Connor) and Robbie (Keane). We all know the best players, we all know who ought to be enjoying.”

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