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'There's something wrong if Roy has to say that' - Seamus Coleman defends Keane's brutal analysis

Tom Rooney

Published 03/06/2016 | 15:00

2 June 2016; Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy of Republic of Ireland during squad training in Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cork. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
2 June 2016; Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy of Republic of Ireland during squad training in Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cork. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Seamus Coleman has said that the Republic of Ireland players should not require a public dressing down from Roy Keane to remind them what is at stake at the upcoming European Championships.

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Following Ireland’s ignominious 2-1 loss to Belarus at Turner’s Cross, their final warm up game before the tournament begins, assistant manager Roy Keane offered some scathing analysis of the larger group and individuals.

In the latter category, winger Aiden McGeady was on the receiving end of some cutting remarks from the former Manchester United skipper. Jeff Hendrick and Daryl Murphy were also taken to task.

Keane, in what was possibly an attempt to imbue the squad’s ferocity before Monday week’s opening game against Sweden, all but questioned the commitment of certain players.

As with just about all of Keane’s soundbites, a media and public maelstrom ensued.

Coleman, who Keane was comparatively complementary towards, said the Irish squad shouldn't need such visceral tactics to hone their focus.

“I don’t think Roy Keane should have to say that to any of us. As professional footballers we should know to keep our standards up at all times, and that’s coming from Roy. But if all footballers in the squad don’t know that, then there’s something wrong.”

The Everton fullback said the sunshine training at Fota Island in Cork has proven efficacious to date and allowed the squad to shelve the fallout from the defeat to Belarus.

“I’m sure the manager has been waiting hard to get us on the training pitch to what he wants us to do for the coming games,” the Everton full back.

“The game against Belarus wasn’t the way we wanted it to go but (we’d) rather it happened now than next week. We’re all working hard on the training ground making sure things are right and we’re ready to go.”

Meanwhile, James McCarthy took a full part in today’s training but Jon Walters continued to rest his calf injury.

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