COMPLEX FOR KENNY
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.”