Martin O'Neill: I don't care if we lose to England, it's all about Scotland now
O'Neill: It's all about Scots
MARTIN O'Neill doesn't care if Ireland win, lose or draw against England at the Aviva in June as long as the main objective is achieved with a win over Scotland a week later.
Roy Hodgson brings an improving England to Dublin on June 7 but O'Neill sees the game as nothing more than a means to an end.
"It is for me, but you know my view. At the end of the day if you want us to win a load of friendly games I'll play the 700th rated team in Europe every single week and build it up.
"These are games where we take it on, it's a big match but it's not for me. The Scotland game is the be all and end all," said O'Neill.
"The championship season finishes I think in the first couple of days in May and there will be a number of players that I'll be relying on who may not be in the playoffs, so I have to look at that situation.
"That's a long time for them. I agree in the sense that it's a big, big match."
O'Neill is adamant that Ireland's second-half showing against Poland is the way forward.
"Absolutely, I said this to the players at the end of the game. Replicate that and we have got a real fighting chance."