Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has lashed out at Everton and their manager Ronald Koeman after James McCarthy was withdrawn from the Ireland squad.
McCarthy will miss out on the meeting against Austria in the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday at Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna with a hamstring injury. The injury kept him out of Everton’s 5-0 loss to Chelsea over the weekend. Keane is lashing out at Everton and questioned the training methods at the club.
“We’ve had a problem with Roberto Martinez previously, I think he was a bit over the top – I always felt the Everton players were going to turn up on crutches or crawling in the hotel door,” Keane said.
“It looks like we’re going to have that issue with Everton again. Clubs are going to be selfish, they’re going to look after their own players.
“I’m not sure when they last won a trophy, I know it was a few years ago so maybe they’re overloading players with games but that usually means you’re playing midweek games and Everton don’t do that because they don’t play European football.
“I think they’re out of the League Cup, I think Norwich beat them at Goodison. So maybe as a club, and it is a brilliant football club, but maybe their players need to toughen up a bit.”
Ireland sits in second place in qualification Group D, tied on points with leaders Serbia, after picking up two wins and a draw in their opening three matches.