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Return of the Mac is a boost


James McCarthy. Pic: Getty

James McCarthy. Pic: Getty

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James McCarthy. Pic: Getty

James McCarthy says he’s eager to kickstart his Ireland career after he ended the long wait for his return to action with his club yesterday.

The midfielder came off the bench for Everton in their stunning 4-0 dismissal of Manchester United, his first appearance for club or country in 15 months.

Sidelined by a broken leg sustained on Premier League duty, McCarthy did regain fitness earlier this season but was unable to force his way back into the side, however, he’s keen for a strong finish with the club this season to see up a return to the Ireland side in June.

“It’s been very frustrating but it was good to get back and get some minutes,” McCarty told Newstalk.

“I have been training for six or seven months but not making the team or making the squads. It’s been a long road but it was good to be back out there and hopefully I can get some games before the end of the season and see what happens in the summer.

“I spoke to Mick (McCarthy) a few times, around the time of the window to see what was happening, if I was going on loan. He was honest with me, he said I needed to play games before he could call me in so I just need to keep working hard and see what the summer brings.”