Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has declared Thursday’s European Qualifier against Switzerland the largest match since his return.
The Republic head into the battle with the Group D marching realizing they face their sternest test yet, although sitting top of the heap with 10 points from a possible 12.
Asked if it had been the greatest game because he took over from Martin O’Neill past November, McCarthy said:”Oh of course, yes, undoubtedly, yes.
“We’ve had our very first games – we have performed well in these – but Switzerland and Denmark are arguably the top two groups and we have got one of these playing (on Thursday) night”
McCarthy will try to procure a victory on the side currently ranked 11th in the world having a senior goal.
He insisted that he does not care in which the goals come from so long as Ireland receive the results they need.
The 60-year-old stated:”I’m not bothered in which they come out, but I think the strikers might argue that. They want to score the goals.
“But if they are off and we’ve won, I do not think anyone’s bothered, and which is going to be the same (on Thursday night) when we win.
“Nobody is going to likely be bothered who scores.”
Right-back Seamus Coleman has talked about the absence of Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri following the winger made himself unavailable for selection for the national group.
Enjoys it will still be tough match, despite the exclusion of Shaqiri.
He said:”Look, he is a dangerous player. He is one of those who evaluate a goal before you know it and will put on it.
“Obviously it’s a boost for us that he’s not playing.
“But a group of quality would have folks to come in and replace him. I know it’s boring, but we simply have to concentrate on ourselves.”