Marco Silva welcomes James McCarthy’s return to Ireland squad

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first_img Declan Rice’s switch shows why dual nationalities should be respected news Republic of Ireland Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Share on WhatsApp Marco Silva has signalled an end to Everton’s long-running dispute with the Republic of Ireland over James McCarthy by welcoming the midfielder’s return to the international fold.McCarthy has not played a competitive fixture for club or country since sustaining a double compound fracture of his right leg in January 2018. Mick McCarthy, however, has named the 28-year-old in a 38-man provisional squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia later this month, the first selection of his second spell as Ireland manager. Everton Topics The Everton manager said: “He is the one player in our squad who did not start a Premier League match but, of course, he had that bad injury and in the past he had some problems that also didn’t help him.“That is not an excuse for why James did not start in the last two or three months when he started to come into the conditions to play and work hard like the others. If I decide to start or put him into play he will be involved at his best and he will be ready to help the team. It won’t be 90 minutes because, at the moment, he does not have 90 minutes in his legs.” Previous Everton managers were regularly angered by Martin O’Neill, McCarthy’s predecessor, selecting the midfielder while he was recovering from injury or short of match fitness. But Silva believes the call-up could be important for McCarthy’s recovery.“It could be beneficial and good for him to feel important again,” the Everton manager said. “I am giving this feedback to him but of course the best feedback a coach can give a player is to put him in the team. OK, that is not happening at the moment but games are important to him.”McCarthy resumed full training with Everton several months ago but has been unable to force his way ahead of Idrissa Gana Gueye, André Gomes, Tom Davies and, more recently, Morgan Schneiderlin in Silva’s plans. Eni Aluko Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on Pinterestlast_img

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