Mick McCarthy says Switzerland game biggest since Ireland return
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has declared the European Qualifier from Switzerland the match of Thursday since his return.
The Republic head to the clash with the Group D favourites sitting of the heap with 10 points out of a possible 12, but knowing they face their sternest test yet at the Aviva Stadium.
Asked if it was the greatest game since he took over from Martin O’Neill past November, McCarthy said:”Oh of course, yes, without a doubt, yes.
“We have had our very first games – we’ve done well in people – but Switzerland and Denmark will be arguably the best two groups and we have got one of these playing (on Thursday) night”
McCarthy will try to procure a victory on the side now ranked 11th in the world with a senior international goal.
However, he insisted that he doesn’t care where the goals come from so long as Ireland receive.
The 60-year-old stated:”I’m not bothered where they come out, but I believe that the strikers might assert that. They want to score the goals.
“But should they come off and we have won, I don’t think anyone’s bothered, and which will be the same (on Thursday night) when we win.
“Nobody is going to be bothered who scores”
Following the winger made himself unavailable for selection for the national team, right-back Seamus Coleman has talked about Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri’s absence from the Switzerland squad.
Coleman, who performs Merseyside rivals Everton, appreciates it will be game, despite Shaqiri’s exclusion.
He said:”Look, he is a dangerous player. He is one of those that can turn it on and evaluate a goal before you know it.
“Obviously it’s a boost for us that he is not playing.
“However a group of quality could probably have folks to come in and replace him. I know that it’s boring, but we simply need to focus on ourselves.”