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Thursday 19 October 2017

JAMES McCARTHY insists he's no shy boy and says he is determined to start taking Ireland games "by the scruff of the neck".

JAMES McCARTHY insists he's no shy boy and says he is determined to start taking Ireland games "by the scruff of the neck".

Giovanni Trapattoni had questioned the midfielder's mentality and said that McCarthy was no imposing himself on games.

But the Everton man (above), who is set to return to the Ireland team in Tbilisi on Sunday after he was rested against Oman on Wednesday, insists that's no longer the case.

"I don't think I'm shy to be honest. There is a lot of people have said that in the past about being shy and quiet.

"I think once you get labelled with something, it's with you for a bit. I don't know when it's going to go away," said McCarthy ahead of today's flight to Tbilisi.

"It's part and parcel of the game, you need to talk. And I talk enough. What else am I going to say? I'm not shy.

"Is there a point where you stop regarding yourself as a young player in the squad?

"At first you're a bit shy when you come into the squad. I've known all the boys for a while, I get on well with everyone, they made me feel welcome.

"It's one you want to start trying to take games by the scruff of the neck."

Ireland trained in Malahide today before their long flight east to Tbilisi.

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