Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has spoken of his delight at having Burnley winger Robbie Brady back in his squad ahead of the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark next month.
Brady had begun McCarthy’s tenure starting two of the first three games in qualifying but missed the last two Irish squads as he struggled for game time at Turf Moor.
The 27-year-old however has worked his way back into Sean Dyche’s Burnley plans and thus was included in the provisional Irish squad for the upcoming games against New Zealand and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium.
Brady has proven during his international career that he is capable of being one of Ireland’s most impressive performers, especially on the creative front and McCarthy outlined that he was very pleased to have him back involved in the squad.
“I spoke to Robbie when we were in for the last two games and he was a bit concerned that he was out of the squad. He’d not been playing,” said McCarthy.
“He had played three minutes I believe in the league, up until that point, that’s the stat I was given. To see him come back last week and he played 70/80 minutes, then he played 20 minutes at the weekend. I’d love to have him back because he’s been one of our best players, certainly the one that can open up the door and find a good pass and he’s got a goal in him.”
Ireland may need Brady at his best if they are to defeat Denmark in their final Euro 2020 qualifier, with victory required to reach next year’s tournament.
Southampton’s Shane Long is also included again as is Crystal Palace’s James McCarthy but one of the newer faces in the 39 is QPR’s Ryan Manning.
The 23-year-old left-back has been in excellent form at club level this season since moving to a defensive role from midfield and McCarthy highlighted what he feels he will bring to the squad.
“Look he’s a midfield player that has gone and played left-wing back. I’ve seen him a couple of times, the first time he didn’t,(impress), I saw him then against Reading and he did far better in that game.
“He’s technically good, he’s got a good left foot, as a left-back he’s not better than Enda Stevens that’s for sure, but he’s an option for me and to have him in that 40 man squad is as much reward for him and if we have injury problems coming up to that then he is available to me and I can pick him.
“He’s having a good season, Mark Warburton speaks very highly of him.