Saturday 26 May 2018

Ireland have quality players insists Bosnia coach

Mehmed Bazdarevic
Mehmed Bazdarevic
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bosnia coach Mehmed Bazdarevic says his team are 'masters of their destiny' heading into next week's Euro 2016 play-off with Ireland.

Bazdarevic has named a 28-man squad which, like the provisional Irish panel revealed by Martin O'Neill last week, was devoid of surprises.

Bazdarevic is confident about the situation ahead of the two-legged decider, although he was complimentary about Ireland.

"It is good that we are in a situation where we are masters of our destiny," he said. "The most important thing is that the players are ready and they are all playing well for their clubs."

O'Neill has more concerns in that regard with question marks hanging over Shane Long and John O'Shea, and Shay Given already ruled out.

"Ireland is a serious team and will be difficult in Zenica. They are football nation and have a motivated team," continued Bazdarevic.

"Regardless of some problems with injuries, Ireland has enough quality players who play in strong clubs, and will be a formidable opponent."

Seamus Coleman is one such example and he says that he's fully recovered from a virus that ruled him out of Everton's League Cup win over Norwich last week.

Irish Independent

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