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Thursday 22 August 2019

'It's not about revenge' - Mick McCarthy not focusing on the past ahead of another rematch with Denmark

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during a Republic of Ireland training session. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during a Republic of Ireland training session. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

John Brennan

Mick McCarthy expects Glenn Whelan to be part of Aston Villa's Premier League plans next season.

"He's a great pro, he trains hard and looks after himself - and that's why he played so much for them at the age of 35," said the Ireland manager, who will bring Whelan into his plans for next week's Euro qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.

But Luca Connell, the young Bolton Wanderers talent, who trained with the squad in Portugal until yesterday, went home because of a thigh strain earlier today.

McCarthy felt the training week was a huge success.

NO EFFECT: Mick McCarthy (c) at the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National finals at the Aviva Stadium with Republic of Ireland international Megan Campbell and former Irish International Keith Andrews. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
NO EFFECT: Mick McCarthy (c) at the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National finals at the Aviva Stadium with Republic of Ireland international Megan Campbell and former Irish International Keith Andrews. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

"We'd a great camp, the facilities were excellent, the weather in Portugal was good. We came back last night and trained today and we'll play Stephen Kenny's U21's tomorrow and then the lads will have a few days off before we pick up again next Sunday and start to really zone in on the Denmark game on Friday week."

McCarthy insisted his team will not be motivated by revenge for the Aviva thrashing at the feet of the Danes in the World Cup play-off.

"I don't think footballers work that way, you concentrate instead on getting the win this time. That's the way most footballers operate," McCarthy added.

"Now if the fella marking me had given me a slap in the game, then, yes, I might be looking for his number.

"But it's not about revenge, it's about getting the Euro 2020 qualifying points.

"I will be watching the videos of all four of our recent matches against Denmark, 'that one' and the three 0-0 draws. But this is a different game altogether."  

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