Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant has confirmed that he is not eligible to play for Ireland despite recent speculation surrounding a potential call-up to the Boys in Green.
The 21-year old had impressed in his debut Premier League season after making a mid-season move to Huddersfield from Charlton Athletic, scoring four goals in 13 games despite the Terriers’ struggles.
Grant is a former England U20 international but there had been reports suggesting that the striker was eligible and open to a switch to the Republic of Ireland.
The striker, however, exclusively confirmed to Pundit Arena that he has no Irish roots and was unsure as to where the speculation first came from.
“No, I’ve no Irish roots. I’m not sure what the speculation is all about.”
McCarthy was asked about potentially calling Grant up to the Irish squad during a media event in Limerick on Monday but the Huddersfield man has confirmed that is not a possibility.
Grant aside, there is no doubt that McCarthy is in need of an improvement in the striking department as, despite the likes of David McGoldrick and Seani Maguire playing well, they are struggling to find the net.
It has been eight games since a striker scored in the green of Ireland, (Aiden O’Brien against Poland in August) with no goals between any of the frontmen in the current Irish squad.
The likelihood of Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford making the switch from England to Ireland also appears to be diminishing with McCarthy explaining that he would no longer be chasing the 25-year old and that the onus was firmly on him to make his intentions known.
“No, I’m not (going to chase him).”
“Let me ask you a question. If you’re an Irish player and you thought you were good enough to play for Ireland, what would you do?
“Would you pick the phone up? That will do for me.
“I’m not chasing any more. It was left on the back burner and it’s up to Patrick. If he wants to play, he’s got to (pick up the phone).”