“The Republic of Ireland are England reserves and Northern Ireland are Englandâ€™s reservesâ€™ reserves. Itâ€™s diabolical. Iâ€™ve no time for it all.â€
This is the controversial view of Kenny Shiels, who has slammed international football.
The Derry City manager describedÂ international football as â€œdiabolical,â€ and took a dig at the eligibility rules in place;
â€œInternational footballâ€™s not what it used to be. Thereâ€™s no pride in it anymore because you could have a pint of Guinness and play for Ireland. It doesn’t interest me one bit.”
Kenny was speaking after his side lost 3-1 to Dundalk, but he reserved special praise for Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan., who missed out on Martin O’Neill’s provisional 33-man squad due to Dundalk’s heavy fixture schedule.
â€œHeâ€™s a very good player, you canâ€™t take that away from him.Â Heâ€™ll probably, hopefully get a move to England, he deserves to.You can see the amount of energy that he has and the amount of work that he puts in.Theyâ€™re blessed to have him and the league is blessed to have him.
Iâ€™m confident that he can go and play for the Republic of Ireland, thereâ€™s no question in my mind about that. Itâ€™s none of my business but Iâ€™m pleased for him.â€
Does Shiels have a point?