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Monday 21 August 2017

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

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with Steve Walford, coach, Roy Keane, assistant manager, Steve Guppy, coach, and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh before the game
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill with Steve Walford, coach, Roy Keane, assistant manager, Steve Guppy, coach, and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh before the game

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.

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"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."

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