“The Republic of Ireland are England reserves and Northern Ireland are England’s reserves’ reserves. It’s diabolical. I’ve no time for it all.”
This is the controversial view of Kenny Shiels, who has slammed international football.
The Derry City manager described international football as “diabolical,” and took a dig at the eligibility rules in place;
“International football’s not what it used to be. There’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.
“He’s a very good player, you can’t take that away from him. He’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.They’re blessed to have him and the league is blessed to have him.
I’m confident that he can go and play for the Republic of Ireland, there’s no question in my mind about that. It’s none of my business but I’m pleased for him.”
Does Shiels have a point?