Republic of Ireland coach, Roy Keane has lashed out at Everton manager, Roberto Martinez for putting pressure on the Everton players not to play for their country.
Keane said: 'I worry that McCarthy is under lots of pressure, particularly from Everton's point of view.
'Because every time there is an international match it does seem to be Seamus and James under lots of pressure. They're turning up or they mightn't turn up, or they're struggling.
'You always get the impression from Everton that Seamus and James are both barely able to walk, that type of thing.
'So when they actually turn up and they are walking through the reception, "Praise the Lord, it's a miracle."
'There has to be, I think, some sort of sit-down conversation and say, "Listen, I think Martin's been more than good enough here, particularly the friendlies but these are big qualifying matches now."
'Roberto Martinez has to look after his club and he is probably thinking they have European games.
'Roberto, I don't think, has ever played senior level at international level and maybe he doesn't appreciate how big it is for us and how big the games are for us.'
'We talk about the manager here and the manager there but there's a player in between all that, and I can speak from experience, he's under lots of pressure too.
'There is a guarantee that when the player turns up they are getting phone calls left, right and centre from their 15 physios at the club.'
'You're also hoping the player can make the decision and say, 'I'll give it a go' or whatever it might be.
'Some times it may be up to the player to say, "Listen, I'm going to try and train, whatever my club manager says or whatever the doctor says or whatever the scan says" because you do know your own body.
'Whatever way you look at it, James didn't train all week It's not as if he went out and had a jog, it's not as if he's joined in a little bit of possession. So that was a difficult one.'
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