The club versus country debate has been back in the spotlight recently with the Aaron Ramsey injury row. Now Roy Keane has had his say; and when the Manchester United legend speaks, people listen!
The Republic of Ireland assistant suggested that it is convenient that club managers often adjudged their players to be 10 to 14 days away from fitness on the eve of an international break.
Martin O’Neill is waiting to hear the prognosis on Sunderland defender John O’Shea and West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long ahead of the Euro 2016 playoff against Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to the Daily Mail. The first leg takes place on Friday in Zenica.
Keane is quoted as saying as the Daily Mail: “You ask any of the players who worked under me, I never had a problem with players going away for internationals, never.
“I never ruled them out for 10-14 days every time there was an international match, I know that. If players were fit, they would go away. But if players aren’t fit, you have got to respect the clubs. If the players aren’t fit, then of course they stay at their clubs.
“But it’s ironic that they all seem to get ruled out for 10-14 days. And again, not just the managers you have mentioned, it’s happened with a few other club managers who have been international managers themselves.”
Keane’s comments come after Chris Coleman’s war of words with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who blamed his Wales counterpart for Ramsey picking up a hamstring strain, as the Daily Mail reports.
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