Euro 2020 – Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark

Republic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy has offered Robbie Brady and Ciaran Clark the opportunity to be part of the starting squad for the glory of the Euro 2020 against Denmark.

McCarthy also welcomed the return of forwarding David McGoldrick and the first call of Spurs teenager Troy Parrott, who, like O’Connor, left Stephen Kenny’s under-21 team. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Burnley midfielder Brady, who scored against Gibraltar in June, is back after an injury and the last 28-man squad is selected for Dublin’s double-header against New Zealand and Denmark.

Euro 2020 - Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark
Euro 2020 – Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark

Clark, who scored for Newcastle United against West Ham ahead of McCarthy last Saturday, is entering the group for the first time this year after his own injury problems.

McGoldrick missed away games in Georgia and Switzerland last month, but is in good shape and is back in form with Sheffield United before the game against Denmark.

“Robbie was left out last month just because he only played three minutes in the Premier League all season when I named the team,” McCarthy.

I’ll give Robbie time to prepare for Denmark against New Zealand. He is one of the players on the team that will really benefit from the New Zealand match before playing against the Danes.

Ciaran is in the same boat. He had to get back to Newcastle before he could do it with us, but he’s playing well for them now and I impressed him against West Ham last Saturday.

Euro 2020 - Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark
Euro 2020 – Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark

David’s comeback is a big bonus for all of us. Everyone knows how well he has played for us at the European Championship matches he has played this year and he has been brilliant for his club in recent weeks.

James McCarthy wishing to stay with his club Crystal Palace for “personal reasons”, McCarthy will join for the New Zealand match before the end of the match against Denmark.

O’Connor, suspended for the European Under-21 qualifying match in Armenia, will face New Zealand, and then join Stephen Kenny’s team for his Sweden clash at Tallaght Stadium.

“The advantage of the friendly game before the competitive game is that it allows me to try some things and give the player’s time to play,” added McCarthy.

Lee being suspended for the first of two under-21 games, this is the perfect opportunity to watch him in the friendly, to introduce him to senior international football and see how he will manage.

Euro 2020 - Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark
Euro 2020 – Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark

I am impressed by him for the 21 years and I know how important it is for them for this match against Sweden. It’s a win-win for all concerned.

Likewise, Troy Parrott is on the team for the first time and he will play against New Zealand next Thursday. He only has to look at how Aaron Connolly was last successful in Georgia and Switzerland to seize the opportunity that presents itself to him now.

The same thing will apply to other players who will have a chance against New Zealand and who can give me ideas for the match against Denmark.

We know this is the game we need to win and I look forward to entering the camp on Sunday and starting to work with these players again.

McCarthy included Darren Randolph, Middlesbrough goaltender, Wolves defenseman Matt Doherty and Hearts Glenn Whelan in his final squad after the three victims’ positive reports of their injuries.

Euro 2020 - Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark
Euro 2020 – Republic of Ireland squad against Denmark

“They will all be in Dublin and they are eager to see him as much as I do,” concluded the Irish boss.

Republic of Ireland squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Kieran O’Hara, Mark Travers.

Defenders: Ciaran Clark, Enda Stevens, Derrick Williams, Lee O’Connor, Matt Doherty, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, John Egan.

Midfielders: Conor Hourihane, James McClean, Alan Browne, Josh Cullen, Jeff Hendrick, Callum O’Dowda, Glenn Whelan, Jack Byrne, Robbie Brady

Forwards: Aaron Connolly, David McGoldrick, James Collins, Scott Hogan, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson, Troy Parrott, Alan Judge

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Worries for Republic Of Ireland after Glenn Whelan’s injured in Scottish League Cup semi-final

Glenn Whelan has appeared as a victim of injury for Republic Of Ireland ahead of his next crucial Euro 2020 clash with Denmark later this month. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

The 35-year-old midfielder has 90 caps for his country and has been a regular on the Mick McCarthy diet so far. According to a statement from the club, the Dubliner suffered a hamstring problem after retiring from the first semi-final of the Hearts League Cup with the Rangers.

Worries for Republic Of Ireland after Glenn Whelan's injured in Scottish League Cup semi-final
Worries for Republic Of Ireland after Glenn Whelan’s injured in Scottish League Cup semi-final

Whelan was considered one of the few Irish players to get such credit, Republic Of Ireland having been beaten 2-0 by Switzerland in their last qualifying match in Geneva last month.

The veteran midfielder is not the only Republic Of Ireland player to doubt his home game with the Danes, who must win to qualify for the Euros.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph is currently unavailable for a thigh problem and club boss Jonathan Woodgate has hinted he may not be available for the Euro qualifier on November 18th.

Meanwhile, the Rangers competed in the League Cup final with Celtic. Alfredo Morelos scored two goals in the Hearts 3-0 loss to Hampden on Sunday.

The Glasgow giants will face off in the Cup final for the first time since 2011, on December 8, as the Rangers hope to win their first major trophy since their liquidation in 2012.

Worries for Republic Of Ireland after Glenn Whelan's injured in Scottish League Cup semi-final
Worries for Republic Of Ireland after Glenn Whelan’s injured in Scottish League Cup semi-final

Hearts dismissed his manager Craig Levein on Thursday with Jambos’ common bottom in the Scottish Premiership and never threatened to upset interim president Austin MacPhee, despite maintaining the shutdown in the first period.

Swedish defender Filip Helander pulled the Morelos center a few seconds before the break and Steven Gerrard’s men never looked back. Morelos then scored twice in 15 minutes early in the second period to bring his total to 20.

“I thought we were exceptional,” Gerrard. We were in total control and dominated most of the game. “Once the game was open, you could see our quality.”

Morelos could have managed a hat trick, but the offside flag denied it after a cheeky back wheel found the net for the third time.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Lansdowne Road DART Station is set to close for Denmark game

Lansdowne Road DART Station is to be closed temporarily for the Republic of Ireland’s clash against Denmark next month as a trial exercise ahead of Euro 2020.This closure, which will take place between 5.30 pm and 11 pm on the evening of Monday, November 18.

This is part of a trial operational exercise ahead of the Aviva Stadium’s hosting of four games UEFA Euro 2020 next summer. Football fans can book Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Lansdowne Road DART Station is set to close for Denmark game

The purpose of the exercise is to examine logistics, mobility, safety, security and stadium access prior to next June’s matches.The Republic of Ireland vs Denmark Euro 2020 Qualifying match was chosen for this exercise as the spectator numbers are anticipated to be similar to a Euro 2020 Finals Tournament match. 

On match-night, there will be additional directional signage and dedicated volunteers in place on the walking routes from both Grand Canal Dock and Sandymount Stations.Additional stewards will also be located at strategic locations to guide supporters to the stadium.

Fans are encouraged to allow extra time than normal for their journey to the stadium. Regular users of Lansdowne Road DART Station and match ticket holders are encouraged to get to the website www.euro2020.fai.ie where detailed FAQs on this exercise and maps of the access routes can be found.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Aviva Stadium will host 4 games of UEFA Euro 2020 next summer

Euro 2020 will be the biggest sporting event to ever be held in Ireland, with an expected global audience of five billion and an estimated economic impact of €106m for Dublin and Ireland. 

Cathal Dervan, Director of Communications, FAI, said this is the third biggest sporting event in the world and we are expecting that the countries we welcome here for our games will bring a lot of supporters, some of whom won’t have tickets.

The matches will have different profiles, requirements, mobility patterns, and ticketing systems to a normal game at Aviva Stadium.

“Ireland has never hosted an international event of this magnitude before and we are testing additional stadium access, mobility, safety and security measures, one of which is the temporary closure of the Lansdowne Road DART Station. Following this trial, a joint review will be undertaken in advance of Euro 2020.”

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – The Republic of Ireland plays against Denmark on 18 November

Barry Kenny, Head of Corporate Communications, Iarnrod Eireann, added in the coming weeks we will inform all regular users of Lansdowne Road Station of the temporary changes on this day and will limit any disruption where possible.

“Any passengers with restricted mobility concerns about the temporary closure of Lansdowne Road should contact Iarnrod Eireann as soon as possible.”

Tim Burke, the Superintendent at Donnybrook Garda Station, added we would encourage match-goers and regular users of Lansdowne Road DART Station to familiarise themselves with the temporary changes and plan their routes accordingly.

“Our advice for match-goers would be to allow extra time to get to and from the Aviva Stadium, plan your routes and meeting points and follow the advice of stewards, security and the gardaí.” 

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Republic of Ireland manager has named 12 forwards on a team of 39 players

Troy Parrott and Ryan Manning has included in Mick McCarthy extended Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly against New Zealand. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

The Republic of Ireland manager has named 12 forwards on a team of 39 players. It remains to be seen how much will be left once the boss brandishes his fake closer to the matches, respectively. On November 14 and 18, it remains to be seen, but Parrott is currently waiting to make his senior debut against the All Whites.

Republic of Ireland manager has named 12 forwards on a team of 39 players
Republic of Ireland manager has named 12 forwards on a team of 39 players

McCarthy had strongly hinted that the Spurs’ 17-year-old would have a chance to show what he could do in the match that will take place in Dublin four days before the Danish showdown.

Provisional squad of Republic of Ireland

Goalkeepers: Kieran O’Hara (Burton Albion, on loan from Manchester United), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth)

Defenders: Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Ryan Manning (QPR), Nathan Collins (Stoke City), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), John Egan (Sheffield United), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United)

Republic of Ireland manager has named 12 forwards on a team of 39 players
Republic of Ireland manager has named 12 forwards on a team of 39 players

Midfielders: Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic, on loan from West Ham United), Glenn Whelan (Hearts) Robbie Brady (Burnley), James McClean (Stoke City), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Alan Judge (Ipswich Town)

Forwards: James Collins (Luton Town), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Callum Robinson (Sheffield United), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Shane Long (Southampton), Michael Obafemi (Southampton), Aidan O’Brien (Millwall), Kieran Sadlier (Doncaster Rovers), Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur), Scott Hogan (Stoke City, on loan from Aston Villa), Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), David McGoldrick (Sheffield United)

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One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland

In the current state of affairs, the Republic of Ireland must defeat Denmark with two clear goals to be absolutely certain of its qualification for Euro 2020. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

A win with a single goal in their last group match would probably be enough to seal the qualification among the top two in Group D but does not guarantee it. If Switzerland draws a tie with Georgia or Gibraltar in one of their remaining matches, it would give a tie to three for first place on 15 points.

One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland
One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland

Assuming Denmark sends Gibraltar ahead of their trip at Dublin. Republic of Ireland’s difference in goals between the three teams (-2) is worse than Switzerland and Denmark (+1). If Switzerland won as expected and the Republic of Ireland, men Mick McCarthy ahead of Denmark head-to-head based on the results between the two teams.

Sure in our hypothesis that Gibraltar will not produce a monumental shock, nothing less than a victory will be enough for the Republic of Ireland. However, if Ireland finishes outside the top two places, there is likely a reprieve for the play-offs via the League of Nations circuit.

The Republic of Ireland finished 11th out of 12 teams in League B of the League of Nations and 23rd overall. A four-way match, including semi-finals and a final for a place at Euro 2020, will take place between the top four teams in League B, who still have to qualify for the Euros.

One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland
One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is not certain to play this match, but the next best B League teams who miss the event will qualify for the A-League match, as all but Iceland and perhaps from Croatia, are more likely to qualify through the main gate.

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Ryan Manning and Troy Parrott named to provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face New Zealand and Denmark

The Republic of Ireland boss has appointed a team of 39 players for both home games. The friendly match against New Zealand is a warm-up for the decisive match between Euro 2020 and Denmark. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Mick McCarthy has recalled veterans Shane Long, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, and Keiren Westwood, as well as rookies Troy Parrott and Ryan Manning for next month’s international double against New Zealand and Denmark.

Seamus Coleman is suspended but despite injuries, Darren Randolph is included. McCarthy, Brady, and Long have all missed McCarthy’s recent teams. He has included them, at least in his provisional table, while Parrott, 17, could also get the title of the match.

Ryan Manning and Troy Parrott named to provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face New Zealand and Denmark
Ryan Manning and Troy Parrott named to provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face New Zealand and Denmark

“The New Zealand match is an opportunity to take a look at the players fighting for the team and some of them fighting for the team. Beneficial to change things for the recent friendly against Bulgaria and we could do it again against New Zealand, “said McCarthy.

This could be the perfect opportunity to watch Troy Parrott, for example, and see how he will qualify for senior international football after impressing as many minors with Ireland and the Spurs.

We know what we have to do against Denmark and we will turn to those who have proven themselves and their confidence to win this match. But who knows what will happen against New Zealand will try his luck in this match and give me pause.

Ryan Manning and Troy Parrott named to provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face New Zealand and Denmark
Ryan Manning and Troy Parrott named to provisional Republic of Ireland squad to face New Zealand and Denmark

Republic of Ireland team against New Zealand and Denmark

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Mark Travers, Kieran O’Hara, Keiren Westwood, Caoimhin Kelleher.

Defenders: Matt Doherty, Cyrus Christie, John Egan, Shane Duffy, Kevin Long, Enda Stevens, Darragh Lenihan, Ciaran Clark, Derrick Williams, Ryan Manning, Nathan Collins

Midfielders: Callum O’Dowda, Conor Hourihane, Josh Cullen, Glenn Whelan, Alan Browne, Robbie Brady, James McClean, Jeff Hendrick, James McCarthy, Alan Judge, Jack Byrne

Forwards: Aaron Connolly, David McGoldrick, James Collins, Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson, Aidan O’Brien, Kieran Sadlier, Ronan Curtis, Shane Long, Michael Obafemi, Troy Parrott, Scott Hogan

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Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman

Stevens has challenged the Republic of Ireland to preserve the Euro Cup 2020 dream of skipper Coleman in his absence when they face Denmark in a shootout win next month. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Ireland will drop the curtain during its Group D campaign against well-known opponents at the Aviva Stadium on a night where the victory would almost certainly lead to the final.

However, he will have to do it without 31-year-old defenseman Coleman Everton, who will be suspended following his dismissal for two fouls in Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat in Switzerland, just 10 days after receiving the order to separate club in Burnley.

Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman
Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman

When asked if this could provide additional motivation, Stevens replied, yes, that’s what we have to do, we have to do it for each other.

“Seamus is so disappointed, but he is the one who will give us a slap on the back now against Denmark and he will always be ahead of the pack for us. He will encourage us and give us the confidence to go out and perform. “

This is the sixth meeting between the two teams in two years, a series of games that resulted in four draws and a landslide victory of the 5-1 World Cup for the Danes in Dublin.

This should change this time if Republic of Ireland is to move forward. Stevens who has returned from suspension in Geneva after losing his ever-present mark for the campaign in Georgia three days earlier, no is in no mood to miss this opportunity.

Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman
Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman

He said: They (Switzerland) said it was a cup final for them, we said it was a cup final for us tonight. Fortunately, we now have another cup final.

We would have won a two-game win to reach the euro. So we have to expect that and be particularly comfortable in the Aviva stadium. To be fair, Darren made me out of jail several times with corners and that, so he was great all night long

“Let’s hope we can really get on with getting the three points we need.”

Republic of Ireland was in shock at the Stade de Genève after Haris Seferovic gave the advantage to his team to take a quick lead. But they stayed in the game, thanks in part to goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who diverted his head of Seferovic before saving that of Ricardo Rodriguez. A penalty in the 77th minute to give them hopes until the end of Shane Duffy’s goal.

Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman
Stevens wants to get his place in Euro 2020 for Republic of Ireland captain Coleman

Stevens said, He (Randolph) kept us in the game and we were pushing and pushing, and it was obviously disappointing to score the second goal at the last minute.

To be fair, Darren made me out of jail several times with shots in the corners and that, so he was great all night. He did this in Middleborough all season long, so you’re sort of waiting for him now at this point.

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Darren Randolph: Major doubt for Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark

Mick McCarthy faces a major headache ahead of the Euro 2020 imperative qualification match against Denmark. The first-choice goaltender, Darren Randolph, is a major doubt. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Darren Randolph - Major doubt for Ireland's Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark
Darren Randolph – Major doubt for Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark

The 32-year-old missed the league game in the middle of the week due to a thigh injury. Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate admitted he did not know for so long, Randolph would be away.

“Darren has problems in his thigh, I do not know how long he will stay,” Woodgate told Teeside Live.

He may not be playing against Ireland, maybe he will not win next week, I do not know how long he’s going to stay, we’ll have to go through the scans in more detail.

” He was very bad when he came back from international duty, he played against West Brom and he got hurt so he had it for a while.”

Randolph has not missed out on the competitive international for four years as he has played every game of qualifying and the final of Euro 2016 since he entered the game for the injured Shay Given in the first half a 1-0 home victory against Germany in the country qualifiers for Euro 2016.

Darren Randolph - Major doubt for Ireland Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark
Darren Randolph – Major doubt for Ireland Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark

Kieren Westwood is the most experienced reserve keeper available for McCarthy, but he was not selected by the current manager and played his last friendly against Uruguay in 2017.

Mark Travers (Bouremouth) and Kieran O’Hara (on loan to Burton Albion) have been the replacements for the most recent internationals, but their lack of experience would worry the Irish manager.

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Train station of Lansdowne Road will be closed for Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 Qualifier

Lansdowne Road station will be closed for the crucial qualifying match for Euro 2020 next month between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Fans attending the essential match will have to go down to Grand Canal Dock or Sandy mount, then to the Aviva stadium. The station will be closed between 18h and 23h for the clash between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark on November 18th.

The shutdown is a test run for the four Euro 2020 Conference matches that will be held in Dublin next summer in the hope of ensuring there is no congestion outside the stadium for fans without a ticket.

Cathal Dervan, director of communication for the FAI, said: EURO 2020 is the third-largest sporting event in the world and we hope that the countries we host here for our matches will attract many supporters, some of whom will not have tickets.

The EURO 2020 matches will have different profiles, requirements, mobility schemes and ticketing systems for a normal game at the Aviva stadium.

“The Republic of Ireland has never hosted an international event of this magnitude and we are testing additional access, mobility and security measures for the stadiums, including the temporary closure of the Lansdowne Road station/train station. This test, a joint review will be undertaken before EURO 2020. “

Tim Burke added this is a test exercise to examine logistics, mobility, security, safety, and access procedures. View of the four matches that will take place at the Aviva Stadium at UEFA EURO 2020 next year.

Train station of Lansdowne Road will be closed for Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 Qualifier
Train station of Lansdowne Road will be closed for Denmark vs Republic of Ireland Euro 2020 Qualifier

We encourage viewers and frequent users of the Lansdowne Road DART Station to become familiar with the temporary changes and plan their route accordingly and from the DART Grand Canal and Sandy mount DART stations.

“Our advice to the spectators is to allow more time to get to the Aviva Stadium, plan your routes and meeting points, and follow the advice of stewards, security, Gardaí, and volunteers.”

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Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020

It has been two days since most of us thought that what would happen in Geneva would go as planned. Switzerland, who wins and wins well in the end, leaves the Republic of Ireland with a final roll of the dice next month.

But already, the label “final cup” being attached to the victory of the Republic of Ireland against the old enemy, Denmark is a little skinny. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

In the true sense of the term, this is a ‘cup final’ – at least for the Republic of Ireland.

Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020
Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020

They must adopt a winner who takes all the mentality at night to progress automatically, while the Danes only need one point. The Republic of Ireland will still qualify for the playoffs but the packaging made for the “Cup Final” should not be an incentive to want to win a football match.

“We have been neglected since the tournament started,” said manager Mick McCarthy. “We were the third seeds behind these two drivers and that’s still the priority. And if we beat Denmark and qualify, we will have exceeded our goals.”

The Republic of Ireland is able to beat Denmark. But little in the past week suggests it. Tuesday in Geneva was the first defeat in seven games of this campaign, but a team needs more than just defenders to reach the tournaments.

Six goals scored in seven games are a cause for concern and the Republic of Ireland does not have this factor X to put the teams away. After playing his Aaron Connolly card, McCarthy has nothing to fear and must bet on better performance for those who are at his disposal.

Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020
Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020

“If there were, do not you think I would do it now?” He asked. “Do not you think we’ve done everything in our power to score goals? “You’ve all seen how David McGoldrick played when he was available – he was one of our best players, so bringing him back would be a real bonus.”

But this lack of killer instinct is not McCarthy’s fault as such. This was evident in the second half of the World Cup campaign led by Martin O’Neill and further highlights a lack of real quality on the pitch.

After such a positive start on the road to Russia, which included a victory in Vienna, the Republic of Ireland conspired to spoil everything. The winner of James McClean in Cardiff is great Irish football night and he organized this fateful date in the playoffs with the Danes.

But that should not have happened because the Republic of Ireland was in a strong position to qualify automatically, but only to ruin everything. Draws at home against Wales and Austria were followed by a point in Georgia – a winning position – and a home defeat against Serbia.

Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020
Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020

In Cardiff, the Republic of Ireland got out of prison when she needed it the most, but she turned around and missed the best opportunity. Last week, McCarthy fell victim to the sudden “negativity” surrounding the team. But it’s not negativity at all. It’s just a cold reality based on what we see.

The performance against Georgia was precisely the one for which O’Neill was split in two at the end of his term. When McCarthy took over, the team played with more determination and direction.

In March, in Gibraltar, McCarthy spoke of the value of momentum and duly built it by winning games. The Republic of Ireland was on the road again. Now they are stuck in the hard shoulder, hoping for one last run.

Their form was weakened at a crucial moment and, apart from the flashes in the second half in Geneva, lack of confidence in the possession of possession is once again a cause for concern.

Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020
Republic of Ireland must be ruthless to overtake Denmark and qualify for Euro 2020

Denmark is a good team but not a great team, to pronounce a sentence and the Republic of Ireland can beat them. But the qualities that have characterized Irish teams over the years such as passion, heart, and desire can only carry you so far.

You need assurance and conviction on the ball and the belief that if you are behind you are able to reverse the situation. The Republic of Ireland does not have one at the moment and it’s been six years since their last match came back to win.

It’s good and good to come back – bravely – to shoot as this team has already done against the Danes this year, but it will not be enough this time. The Republic of Ireland needs more than courage. They must be ruthless and it is not negative to emphasize these concerns.

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