Words were exchanged by luc Holtz after the 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg on Thursday of Northern Ireland with Michael O’Neill within a dangerous tackle.
After a struggle from Northern Ireland defender Tom Flanagan forced Gerson Rodrigues to limp off against Serbia ahead of the crucial Qualifier luxembourg manager Holtz was left angry.
Dynamo Kyiv midfielder Rodrigues – a key participant for Luxembourg – abandoned strapping to Windsor Park and is a major doubt for the clash with Serbia on Tuesday because he faces a scan on the injury.
O’Neill, when asked about his spat with Holtz, stated “I shook his hands at the finish and that was it.”
Sky Sports News understands that Rodrigues, who has family residing in Belfast, was defeated pre-match after finding his own profile that is programme had the picture .
Northern Ireland won 1-0 thanks to the game to a freak goal by Kevin Malget because O’Neill side prepare to face Germany at a European Qualifier together with both sides – live on Sky Sports – on Monday
“I’m not sure if you actually enjoy playing Germany to become fair but we know the area of the struggle and we’re looking forward to the game,” O’Neill added.
“We’ll watch Germany’s game tomorrow night, in these kinds of games we have all to gain.
“We are a small country and Joachim Low has turned into a squad in the space of three months, it is a tough challenge but one we are awaiting.
“We got everything from your (Luxembourg) match we desired, it is wonderful to win five matches in a row we have came through unscathed with a very young team around the pitch.
“I am pleased with everything and there were some great performances as well.”
Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown – called into Ian Baraclough’s U21s squad last week and just uncapped at any level – started the match and appeared ensured as O’Neill made eight changes to the side that beat Belarus.
“For Ciaron Brown to come at, it was his very first week with our U21s and he has currently made his senior international debut, this was an examination but he did well,” O’Neill said.