Everton manager Roberto Martinez hits back at Man United legend

Roberto Martinez responds to Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Roberto Martinez has hit back at Roy Keane’s claims that the Everton manager has been putting pressure on his Republic of Ireland contingent.

Martin O’Neill’s number two suggested that the Toffees had exaggerated injuries suffered by Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy to get the pair out of international duty.

The fans in Republic of Ireland need to know these players would give their lives to represent their country

Roberto Martinez

However, Everton manager Martinez rubbished Keane’s remarks, underlining the Merseyside outfit’s pride to have members of their squad representing the club at international level.

“We have a good relationship. We share information, we talk,” Martinez said.

“At the club we are proud of players representing their country. It’s something we are proud of.

“A lot of nonsense has been said. The reality is the conversations between the managers of the associations and ourselves are good. The only thing I care about is the players.

“It’s disappointing when you see the news in the media like that. The fans in Republic of Ireland need to know these players would give their lives to represent their country.”

Coleman was unable to help Ireland avoid a 1-0 defeat by Scotland in their Euro 2016 qualifier, whilst McCarthy was absent on Friday night.

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