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Seat switch in the past insists Ireland ace Connolly

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FRUSTRATED: Aaron Connolly during a Republic of Ireland training session at The Hive in Barnet, England

FRUSTRATED: Aaron Connolly during a Republic of Ireland training session at The Hive in Barnet, England

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FRUSTRATED: Aaron Connolly during a Republic of Ireland training session at The Hive in Barnet, England

Aaron Connolly is set to switch roles on the field.

But after swapping seats in the air last month, the Brighton striker has slammed those who criticised him for his actions during the Covid-19 dominated build-up to Ireland's Euro 2021 exit.

Connolly is primed to succeed the recently retired David McGoldrick in the pivotal striking position against England in Wembley this Thursday but he is still stinging from having to miss the defeat to Slovakia on penalties last month.

"It's frustrating when people say that," says the Galwegian after he was roundly targeted, mainly on social media, for leaving his assigned seat on the charter flight to Bratislava.

"I left my seat but I didn't know I was going to sit beside someone who had a positive test.

"I could have stayed in my seat and someone beside me could have had it and I would have got away with it as I'd moved down the back.

"To see stuff like that is frustrating. I don't look back, it happened and I've moved on."

Connolly, along with team-mate Adam Idah, were ruled out of the Bratislava showdown because they were deemed to be close contacts of an FAI staff member who tested positive for Covid-19.

"It was tough obviously. At 20 years of age I might never get that chance for my country to play in such a big game to get to a tournament.

"But that is last month and it's all about these three games. If the manager wants to play me in the middle, that's my usual position and hopefully we can score some goals in the next week."


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