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Friday 15 December 2017

Martin O'Neill is adamant that the circus surrounding Roy Keane's latest book launch is not a distraction as he prepares for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany.

Martin O'Neill is adamant that the circus surrounding Roy Keane's latest book launch is not a distraction as he prepares for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany.

The Ireland boss refused to get dragged into the whirlwind of publicity surrounding the publication of 'The Second Half' and is happy to remain in blissful ignorance about most of its contents.

"People say is this a distraction? I don't feel it. Something will always come up. If it wasn't a book it would be something else."

"It's the nature of it in the build-up to matches here. It's never been any different. So from that viewpoint, to me it's not a distraction.

"I haven't read it. You may well come back to me in 36 hours and I'm saying 'that's a major distraction'," he said with a wry grin.

O'Neill also rebuffed all talk of extra pressure on him to pursue Jack Grealish after Gareth Southgate confirmed England's interest in the Aston Villa starlet.

"There is certainly no pressure on them (Grealish and his family). It's up to them. They know we'd be keen to have them," said O'Neill. "They know where I stand. They know exactly where I stand, it's as simple as that.

"Of course, he's a very, very decent player. Jack is trying to break through at Villa and I'm not surprised that England are showing an interest."

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