Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane has hit out at the recruitment of English born-players for the senior squad outlining that they shouldn’t be chasing anyone to come and play.
Mick McCarthy had recently been pursuing Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, who qualifies to play for the Boys in Green, but despite promising initial discussions, the Irish boss outlined that the interest had gone cold from the 25-year old’s end.
Keane, who was recently announced as the new assistant manager at Championship side Middlesbrough, was highly critical of the pursuit of Bamford especially, in quotes reported by The Irish Sun.
“You’re representing your country and if you want to play for Ireland, you come play for us. We’re not going to go and chase you.
“I’ll tell you with Patrick Bamford, he should be chasing us. He should want to come here. If he doesn’t want to, no problem.
“We shouldn’t be chasing people, by the way. That’s what f***ing winds me up. We shouldn’t be chasing people.
“They should want to play for us. If they don’t, then no problem. Why should we go and chase people? We are f***ing Ireland.”
John O’Shea, Keane’s old Irish teammate had a similar view on the situation back in March, reiterating that there should be no chasing of players being done by McCarthy.
“Every international manager will be looking at how he can improve his squad but ultimately there shouldn’t be any chasing going on.”
Keane continued outlining that players shouldn’t have to be persuaded to play for their country and that they should be proud to represent Ireland at international level.
“We have qualified in the last few years for two Euros, World Cup 2002. If you want to come, come. Represent your country and be proud to play for your country.
“If you don’t, don’t waste anybody’s time. Don’t waste the manager’s time.
“And I am not speaking specifically about Bamford. I am talking about everybody. Anybody.
“Don’t just use us as a tool, if you like, for maybe other countries to come in for you. Be proud of your country. Be proud to play for Ireland.”