Mick McCarthy says Switzerland game biggest since Ireland return

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has labelled the European Qualifier against Switzerland the largest match of Thursday since his return.
The Republic head into the clash with the Group D marching realizing they face their sternest test yet, although sitting of the heap with 10 points out of a possible 12.
Asked if it was the greatest game because he took over from Martin O’Neill last November,” McCarthy said:”Oh of course, yes, even undoubtedly, yes.
“We have had our first games – we’ve done well in these – but Switzerland and Denmark will be arguably the top two groups and we have got one of these playing (on Thursday) night”
McCarthy will try to secure a victory on the side ranked 11th in the world having a senior international goal.
However, he insisted that he does not care where the goals come from so long as Ireland receive.
The 60-year-old explained:”I am not bothered where they come from, but I feel the strikers might argue that. They want to evaluate the targets.
“But should they are off and we’ve won, I still don’t think anyone’s bothered, and that will be exactly the same (on Thursday night) if we win.
“Nobody is going to likely undoubtedly be bothered who scores”
Right-back Seamus Coleman has spoken about the absence of Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri after the winger made himself unavailable for selection for the national team.
Coleman, who performs Merseyside rivals Everton, appreciates it will continue to be match, despite the exclusion of Shaqiri.
He said:”Look, he is a dangerous player. He is among those that will turn it on and score a goal before you know it.
“Obviously it’s an increase for us that he is not enjoying.
“But a group of quality could have people to come in and replace him. I know that it’s boring, but we simply need to concentrate on ourselves.”

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