Thursday 21 March 2019

Coyle lashes out at McCann's exclusion

FORMER Ireland international Owen Coyle has criticised the exclusion of Burnley midfielder Chris McCann from Giovanni Trapattoni's Irish squad.

Dubliner McCann has been in superb form for Burnley this season and is again being linked with a move to the Premier League.

But McCann failed to make it into the Ireland B squad for a game against Nottingham Forest at Dalymount Park next week, and Burnley boss Coyle can't make sense of it.

"The Republic of Ireland must have an unbelievable abundance of quality for Chris McCann not to be involved at any level," says Coyle, capped once at senior level by Jack Charlton.

"He's getting better and showing that maturity, and I believe he's capable of playing in the Premier League at this moment in time.


"I believe he's capable of being involved with the Republic of Ireland, and as his manager, we would run the risk of him being injured, being away.

"I know he's desperate to represent his country, and all I would say to him is he has to continue doing well for the club, and whatever comes on the back of that, then he'll earn his just rewards," added Coyle, named as the Championship's manager of the month for his success with the Clarets.

Finglas lad McCann said: "I don't really think about internationals. First and foremost I want to do well here and anything else that follows from that is an added bonus.

"As long as I'm happy playing here nothing else really matters to me. I think a B squad's been announced that I'm not in, but I'm not going to get too down about it.

"As long as I keep playing well here, things will happen, and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. But as long as I'm playing well here, I'm happy doing what I'm doing."

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