Connell Outlines He Will Not Do A “Declan Rice” As Irish Likelihood Awaits
Irish midfielder Luca Connell has hinted that he is not going to discover himself following the trail of Declan Rice and Jack Grealish in making the change to England, regardless of the Three Lions’ reported curiosity within the 18-year previous.
Connell was a shock inclusion in Mick McCarthy’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers towards Denmark and Gibraltar because the aspect put together for the 2 video games with a coaching camp in Portugal.
The 18-year previous is from Liverpool however is eligible to play for the Boys in Inexperienced by way of his grandparents and has been with the Irish ranks since U16s stage.
Chatting with the media, in quotes reported by the Irish Instances, Connell joked that if he did change allegiances, his grandmother wouldn’t be more than happy.
“She wouldn’t converse to me if that occurred,” mentioned Connell.
“My mum’s mother and father are each from Dublin and my Nan remains to be with us, dwelling in Liverpool.
“The FAI scout Gerry Murphy bought me first concerned with the Eire Beneath-16s and right here I’m within the senior squad.
“I’ve learn the hypothesis [about England] however haven’t had any direct contact.
“I wouldn’t maintain again from the prospect to play for Eire within the qualifiers as a result of it’s a once-in-a-lifetime alternative. In case you flip that flip, not simply the gaffer, however the staff wouldn’t be proud of you.”
Eire and McCarthy will definitely be eager to keep away from one other repeat of the long-winded saga involving Rice and England which dragged out all through the final six months.
McCarthy can nail the gifted Bolton midfielder down ought to he determine to cap him in both of the 2 upcoming video games, with the house conflict with Gibraltar seemingly the right alternative.
“I’m pleased the place I’m on the minute,” was his response to the notion of an invitation being tabled by the England supervisor. “I’ll go and see what occurs over the following few months.”
Connell may also probably discover himself on the way in which out of a struggling Bolton Wanderers, whom he performed 12 instances for within the Championship final season, with Rangers and Leeds reportedly main the race for the midfielder’s signature.