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Katie happy if new green recruits are committed


Katie McCabe

Katie McCabe

Katie McCabe

The Ireland women's side appear ready to use the 'granny rule' with more vigour than ever before.

And veteran Katie McCabe says she has no issue with players born outside of Ireland being recruited, once they show the required levels of passion and dedication.

When McCabe made her senior debut against Hungary in 2015, 'granny rule' players were rare.

Danish-based striker Kyra Carusa, who has maternal grandparents from Cork and Laois, is the latest US-born recruit with former England underage caps Megan Doyle and Nicole Douglas also added to the Irish set-up, as coach Vera Pauw widens the net. The highly rated Carusa hopes to make her Ireland debut in tomorrow's qualifier (Doyle and Douglas ruled out through injury).

Those recruits increase competition for home-grown players, but McCabe, capped 42 times, insists that all newcomers are welcome once they are committed.

"If you have English relations, American relations, once you are proud to put on the Irish shirt, that's all I care about. You want to represent Ireland 100 per cent and give it all in the Irish shirt, then I don't care where you're from," says McCabe.

"Once you come in, respect everyone, respect our philosophy, the way we play and the passion we have for our country and playing for our country, you can be from wherever.

"It's exciting to have Kyra over and to have her experience of what she's done in America. Hopefully, she'll be a good addition for the next few years," added McCabe.

Greece, Ireland's opponents tomorrow, are the main rivals for second place in a group effectively won already by Germany.

"They're very feisty," McCabe says of the Greeks, who drew 1-1 with Ireland at home last year.

"They did enjoy getting stuck into us, but obviously we don't mind that. We love getting stuck in as well. They were very organised, they made it difficult for us."