Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has labelled the European Qualifier against Switzerland the game of Thursday since his return to the occupation.
The Republic head to the battle with the Group D appeared sitting of the pile with 10 points from a possible 12, but understanding they face their sternest test yet at the Aviva Stadium.
Asked if it was the greatest game since he took over from Martin O’Neill past November,” McCarthy said:”Oh of course, yes, even without a doubt, yes.
“We’ve had our first games – we have done well in those – but Switzerland and Denmark are arguably the top two teams and we have got one of them playing (on Thursday) night.”
McCarthy will attempt to guarantee a victory on the side now ranked 11th in the world with a senior goal.
He insisted he does not care where the goals get.
The 60-year-old explained:”I’m not bothered where they come from, but I believe that the strikers might argue that. They’d like to score the targets.
“But if they come off and we have won, I do not think anyone’s bothered, and which will be exactly the same (on Thursday night) when we win.
“Nobody is going to undoubtedly be bothered who scores.”
Right-back Seamus Coleman has talked about the lack of Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri following the winger made himself unavailable for selection for the national group.
Enjoys that it will continue to be match, despite the exclusion of Shaqiri.
He said:”Look, he’s a dangerous player. He is one of those who will put it on and evaluate a goal before you know it.
“Obviously it’s a boost for us that he is not enjoying.
“However a group of quality could have people to come in and replace him. I know that it’s boring, but we just need to focus on ourselves”
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