James McCarthy

McCarthy must choose club over country

McCarthy Everton thirdEverton’s James McCarthy is being told to make a decision on whether or not his long term fitness is worth risking to play for his country.

Ronald Koeman said that McCarthy is not fit to play first team football despite being called up for the Republic of Ireland during the international break next week, but says that the final decision must lie with the player.

McCarthy returned from an exhausting time away with Ireland last month requiring more treatment after playing large chunks of both his country’s international matches despite having not completed his return from injury at Everton.

Koeman said, “The player is not fit. He is not involved in team sessions.

“I think to have a call-up, he needs to be close to being fit, but it is a little bit the same story as what happened last time.

“We spoke to James and my advice to him is to stay here, do training and be fit as soon as possible – but the final decision is by the player.

“I think finally the player by himself is the same – he likes to play for Everton and play good for Everton. Then, of course, you get your call for the international team. But it starts with playing for Everton.

“I think also the player by himself learned from what happened the last time, when he was overloaded and got another injury.

“The best for everybody is first be fit and train with your club, and then you are ready for the national team – not vice versa.

“It’s always difficult because the player is between Ireland and Everton. But I think, first of all, you need to do what is the best for your club.

“If you are fit, you play for your nation – he needs to be fit first. If not, he will struggle again.”

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