Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has provided an update on Birmingham midfielder Dan Crowley’s international future outlining that the 22-year-old is still sorting out his eligibility.
Crowley was one of the biggest omission from McCarthy’s 40-man provisional squad which contained first call ups for Troy Parrott, Nathan Collins and Kieran Sadlier.
Crowley impressed in Holland during his time with Willem II leading them to the Dutch Cup final last year before earning a move to Birmingham in the Championship this summer.
In his opening few games back in English football, Crowley has impressed with both McCarthy and assistant manager Terry Connor scouting him with an eye on a potential call-up.
“The game proved again that Danny has that forward thinking mentality, he can see a pass and he can execute it,” said McCarthy on the FAI’s website.
His eligibility however has been thrown into doubt with McCarthy outlining that they still have to make sure that he is “fully qualified” to play for the Boys in Green and despite not explicitly saying this was the reason for his exclusion from the squad, it would make sense.
“Terry Connor has seen him twice and I’ve seen him once,” McCarthy told FAI.TV.
“I saw him at Portsmouth when I went to see Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness play.
“(It’s an) eligibility issue. Does he qualify?
“We have to make sure that he does and he’s fully qualified to play for us and if he does then we’ll continue watching him. He’s just into the Championship and he’s done reasonably well. ”
Given Crowley’s obvious ability and desire to represent Ireland at international level it would be a huge blow for McCarthy and the Boys in Green should it turn out that he does not qualify.
The situation, although still in its early stages, also resembles that of another potential young Irish star in Bayern Munich’s Ryan Johansson whose potential switch to the Ireland is also in doubt due to an eligibility issue.