Mick McCarthy flies to London to watch James McCarthy ahead of Ireland squad announcement for crucial qualifier
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy made a scouting trip to London this afternoon to watch James McCarthy play 90 minutes for the Crystal Palace U23 side.
McCarthy was at Selhurst Park to watch his namesake play in midfield in a 1-1 draw with Birmingham.
It's an important step forward for the Glaswegian, who was an unused sub for the weekend Premier League clash with his old club Everton.
He only played 20 minutes of senior football last season after recovering from a broken leg.
The Ireland manager has identified the 28-year-old as an important player, but he hasn't been able to call upon him since taking over due to his uncertain position.
Roy Hodgson paid £8m to bring McCarthy to London and he was pictured chatting with his Irish counterpart during the game.
Later this week, McCarthy will name his Ireland squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland.