Former Ireland captain John O’Shea has had his say on potential Irish call-ups under the “granny rule” outlining that he feels Mick McCarthy shouldn’t be “chasing players.”
The new boss will name his first Irish squad ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia on Thursday, although they will not include the likes of Patrick Bamford and Nathan Redmond.
McCarthy outlined that some of the “granny rule” players Ireland had been in discussions with would not be available for the March games however he later explained on the FAI’s website that he would be meeting up with Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford over the next few weeks.
When quizzed on the topic of McCarthy pursuing new recruits for the squad John O’Shea was keen to stress that it made sense for the new Irish boss to look at improving the side but also explained that he feels “there shouldn’t be any chasing going on.”
“It’s one of those things,” said O’Shea, speaking as he was unveiled as an ambassador for the 2019 U17’s European Championships.
“Every international manager will be looking at how he can improve his squad but ultimately there shouldn’t be any chasing going on.
“That would be my view, that the player wants to come over and commit and once the other players in the squad see that it will be brilliant. It will be everyone on board and looking forward to the new campaign.”
O’Shea also spoke about the recent Declan Rice saga which saw the 20-year old West Ham man decide to pursue an international career with England instead of sticking with the Boys in Green.
The former Manchester United and Sunderland defender outlined that the whole situation had disappointed him but stressed that it was important to move on as quickly as possible.
“Just quickly going back to the whole saga, just from how he had spoken and how he had trained and played, that whole thing was disappointing in that aspect for me but the way the rules are that option was there for him and he’s taken it.
“We now have to move on from it, we have plenty of players wanting to come and give everything for the team and the squad and the more we get behind them players the sooner the better.”