Michael O'Neill takes aim at FAI

2018-03-06 09:40:59

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has hit out at the Football Association of Ireland and is keen to make an agreement with Martin O'Neill to prevent players switching to the Republic.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, Michael O’Neill said the number of players that have opted to play for the Republic and not made a senior appearance is in double figures.

"The FAI only ever approach one type of player: Catholic," he said.

"I don't have a problem with James McClean. He was 22 years of age, he knew what he wanted. I have a problem when it's a 16, 17 or 18-year-old having to make a decision on his international future.

"I can list you 10 players who have made that decision and have never represented the Republic.

"I hope that Martin and I can get some sort of gentleman's agreement whereby if a young boy has represented Northern Ireland at age 17 to 21, the FAI don't ask him to change."

The teams will meet on 15 November in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium.

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