James McCarthy has been slaughtered by some parts of the Irish media.
McCarthy, Aiden McGeady and Seamus Coleman all started in the 1-1 draw against Poland, which keeps the Republic of Ireland in with the leading teams in the European Championship qualifying group.
Before the game Irish legend Liam Brady had a go about McCarthy's 'Passion'.
Brady said: "I think the jury is still out about his importance to the Irish team.
"Without doubt, McCarthy and his clubmate, Seamus Coleman, are the best players we have operating in the Premier League but it is a worry to see McCarthy miss games for Ireland and then, the following week, play for Everton. I don't know whether he's just shy or really has a passion to play for Ireland."
Manager Martin O'Neill defended McCarthy.
O'Neil said: "I wasn't aware that Liam made these comments but it's entirely his own prerogative. I don't think we should be going into the game with a pessimistic approach as I don't think you will get too far with that.
"I have no need to question anyone's passion for playing for Ireland. I have said that a number of times. It is not just a sound bite, I genuinely feel that. We might not perform as well, but that doesn't mean that the players don't want to play. Absolutely not."
After the game Pundit Eamon Dunphy said: "McCarthy is really turning out to be a terrible flop. He doesn't do anything. He could be a holding player perhaps doing what Whelan is supposed to be doing.
"Because for Everton occasionally. I don't agree with you that he's a different player for Everton, he isn't, he's just perhaps got better players around him. But he still doesn't really move the ball forwards. He never really changes the tempo of the game, this is the key.
"He is overrated. Jamie Carragher said last week that if there was one player he could take for Liverpool it would be McCarthy.
"He said the only thing that was missing from his game was goals, that's nonsense. Jamie Carragher was a great player but he also thought Brazil would win the World Cup last year right until they were beaten by Germany.
"The point about McCarthy - it's interesting. He's a hyped player. He's a player that everyone thinks is far, far better than he is. We haven't got time to waste with Whelan and McCarthy."
McCarthy said: "It's people from the outside, if they want to say something, they say something. It's water off a duck's back.
"I've had it since I've turned out for Ireland, people having gos, shouts from here and there. I've always had stick, but it doesn't bother me."
On the match O'Neill said: "Sometimes you are looking for a bit more from him.
"I thought he was tentative in the first half, he has given it away a few times when he should deal with the ball a wee bit better.
"I mentioned it to him at half time and I thought he came on strongly in the second half, he was strong, brushing people aside too and driving forward with the ball which he is able to do. I thought he dominated proceedings in there and kept us on the front foot."
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