Wednesday 16 January 2019

Keen McGoldrick playing catch-up

David McGoldrick
David McGoldrick

David McGoldrick has a lot of time to make up. Injuries have not been kind to his career in the last few years and he was one of the nearly men when Martin O'Neill named his final Euro 2016 squad.

He pushed his way into contention for France from a standing start after a long injury lay-off and he comes back into this squad just a few games into his latest comeback.

The fact that he has been recalled so quickly is a mark of the possibilities he contains and the fact that O'Neill and Roy Keane see something different in the Ipswich striker.

"That's a huge compliment you know. I've only played two games and I think after the first 90 minutes the squad was announced and that's huge.

"I know they were at the games watching and that means something if they're coming to watch me and know I'm progressing so it's a massive boost," said McGoldrick.

He believes that there is opportunity in the void left behind by Robbie Keane and while he accepts he is some way behind men like Shane Long, Jon Walters and Daryl Murphy, he is keen to be counted in the chasing group.

"Robbie retired and there is a space there and Shane and Daryl haven't travelled to this one. There are places up for grabs for the week and I'm doing all I can do show what I can do," he said.

"I'm back fit now and I've got to impress. We've got the game on Saturday and I want to be involved in some kind of way, going over and being on the bench or something. Every time I come in, I've got to impress.

"It was a massive disappointment to miss out on the Euro squad but at the same time you want to push on from there.

"I thought right, I'm not going to miss out on a World Cup squad. I'm going to try and improve on my game, come back fitter, come back better, train harder, work harder. You know I've been doing that.

"I definitely want to make that World Cup squad, I want to impress here. I've missed the last two trips with the qualifiers but the boys have been brilliant so it's going to hard to get in the team but I'm up for the challenge.

"It's time for people to step up, even with Shane and Daryl, you know, someone has to step up for that No 9," said the Ipswich striker.

"Ireland have been lucky to have Robbie Keane around for 16 or so years. But I think we are contributing a lot as a team, people scoring, and that has to carry on.

"People have to step up to the plate and score. Whoever scores and we get the points, I don't think anyone cares."

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