COM­PLEX FOR KENNY

Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT - BY JOHN FAL­LON

IRE­LAND’S man­ager-in­wait­ing Stephen Kenny has waded into the de­bate over el­i­gi­bil­ity, claim­ing “you’re ei­ther Ir­ish or you’re not”.

The 47-year-old will have his first ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ers ex­ploit­ing the du­al­na­tion­al­ity sys­tem in the Un­der-21 post be­fore he grad­u­ates to the se­nior role in 2020.

Three years ago, Jack Gre­al­ish (in­set) be­came the first high-pro­file English­born player to opt for his home­land af­ter rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land up to U21 level and De­clan Rice may fol­low suit.

Kenny said: “It’s some­thing that I’ll have to learn about and get to grips with.

“This is be­com­ing more prob­lem­atic, of course, with high-pro­file cases here with Ire­land. We’ve def­i­nitely got to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment whereby play­ers want to be here and feel part of be­ing Ir­ish. “I know that shouldn’t mat­ter be­cause you’re ei­ther Ir­ish or you’re not. “It’s not an ex­act science, this is a com­plex area and has changed rapidly in the last five years.”

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