Scouting Report: Coleman on form in derby draw
Coleman captained Everton in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with English Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool at Goodison Park.
McCarthy is scouting players ahead of the qualifiers away to Gibraltar (March 23) and home to Georgia (March 26) and that will mark the beginning of his second spell as Irish boss.
“It was great to see Seamus play so well against Liverpool,” said McCarthy, as he prepares to reveal his provisional squad at a press conference in Three’s headquarters on Thursday.
“It was another assured performance from Seamus in a pressurised game against a Liverpool side looking to win the title.
“Seamus is well used to the pressure of such occasions as he showed again and that is why he is captain of Everton and Ireland. His contribution to the game, both in keeping that Liverpool attack scoreless and in assisting the Everton forwards as well, was great to see so close to the start of the EUROs.”
McCarthy watched former Under-21 striker James Collins score his 20th goal of the season for Luton Town in Saturday’s 2-0 win at home to Rochdale.
“James knows the game, he gets himself about and he’s not afraid to have a shot or try a header. Most of them were on target on Saturday and he got the goal as well so I’ve plenty to think about regarding James and my squad,” added McCarthy.
McCarthy has also noted Danny Crowley’s recent decision to switch his international allegiance to Ireland having previously played with both England and Ireland at underage level.
“Our International Department are sorting Danny’s paperwork. Noel King brought him to my attention when I got the job and will have a look at Danny with Willem ll before I go to see him for myself when he plays against Ajax in the Dutch Cup Final in Rotterdam on May 5th.”
Ireland assistant coach Terry Connor will take in the Sheffield derby on Monday night when Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is likely to face a Sheffield United side that may include John Egan, Enda Stevens, David McGoldrick and Scott Hogan.
As regards Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, Ireland boss McCarthy has been in touch with the player since he scored two goals in Friday night’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion in the English Championship.
“We’ve exchanged text messages and Patrick is keen to meet up in the coming weeks so it is just a matter of him finding a date that works - I’ll happily meet him whenever he can do it,” said McCarthy.