Thursday , June 24 2021

Southampton teenager Michael Obafemi and Liverpool guard four new calls to the Irish team




Michael Obafemi and (inserted) Martin O & # 39; Neill
Michael Obafemi and (inserted) Martin O & # 39; Neill

Daniel McDonnell

Martin O'Neill named Southampton's newcomer Michael Obafemi in his team for the November double title with Northern Ireland and Denmark.

The 18-year-old was born in Dublin to the elderly parents of Nigeria and went to England as a child. Ireland was represented at the minor level, but they showed that he would be open to switch to Nigeria, and the English FA showed interest in the attacker who came to the bench against Manchester City over the weekend.

Neill also called for the first time Liverpool player Caoimhin Kelleher, Ryan Manning and Rothen Jimmy Dunne, who was associated with the transfer to Northern Ireland.

They are part of a 36-man panel, which is likely to be reduced before the next week's collection.

As expected, Declan Rice has no room for his international future, undivided. Robbie Brady and Seamus Coleman return from injury.

"I could not quickly restrict him because there was no opportunity and, secondly, like everything else, that's the player's decision," said O'Neill, when he asked him about Rico.

"I would be in the team for our competition competitor. He played friendly games and played very well in football matches, of course, his choice and realization of the moment when he was running. He was well aware.

"He therefore decided not to cooperate, which is really understandable when he was born.

"There is a fair difference between showing someone a statistic and someone who is actually playing for us. He was a young boy playing in games. It was extremely good.

"We could not do it anymore, I think it was all possible, we played it in matches, has not yet played for England. It seems to have a lot of specimens with him and young Grealia.

"Jack Grealish was born in England, and so was his father and he decided to play for England, and that was entirely his choice. Whether he made the right choice or not, he will only tell the time he plays for older football players, although friendly games, maybe there could be a change of decision, a completely different topic. If we show statistics, if it is and actually play, it's a completely different thing. "

Neill reiterated that the decision is firm with the player and that he will respect every road he takes.

"The problems are far off and dry, and I am well aware of it until it decides that this is it. Not only has it got what I call mental decisions, but it has to consider other decisions, the idea that I might be able to play for England, I would agree that it is harder for England to play, but the improvements we are following must be taken into account in that day and age.

The report from England last week suggested that Rice had already decided to play in England, and O & # 39; Neill said that he is in regular contact with the family and says that the stories broke "without a foundation".

"That may be true, I do not know. I'm in contact with the company and they are told to contact us.

"It was a story last week and a few weeks ago. There was a broken story that was baseless. The player will have a decision.

"I do not wait for every moment. I hope that they will come and play for us, it would be great, in the next 10 or 12 years for him, but he has things to consider and any decisions … I will respected. "

James McClean once again talked a lot about the fact that during the weekend, yesterday's Stoke vs. Middlesbrough match was abused because he did not wear a poppy.

This is an object that O & # 39; Neill wanted to avoid.

"I'm here to discuss the team and James, James is always getting attention around this particular month. I should not be surprised at all. I do not want to comment on this."

Provisional section of the Republic of Ireland

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)

Advocates: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long Hearts *, John Egan, Sheffield United, Darragh Lenihan, Blackburn Rovers, Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)

Midfielders: Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff City), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell Manning (Rotherham United), Callum O & # 39; Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City)

Attack: Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)

* Indicates that the player is on a loan

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