Richard Dunne backs Brady and Hendrick for big moves
Richard Dunne has backed has backed the Republic of Ireland duo of Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick to secure high profile moves to Premier League clubs in the coming weeks after their sparkling displays at Euro 2016.
As the post mortem begins into Ireland’s exit from the competition after a 2-1 defeat against France in Lyon, Dunne suggested Brady and Hendrick should push to make moves at club level ahead of the new season after they caught the eye in Ireland colours this summer.
Norwich star Brady and Derby midfielder Hendrick are set to start the new club campaign in the Championship division, but former Ireland defender Dunne suggested they may now be coveted by Premier League clubs.
“The hope for Hendrick and Brady is that their performances have been so good over the course of this tournament that it should push them on to the next level,” Dunne told ITV.
“Top clubs should look at players like that. They know they can trust them. They have played in England, the know the leagues.
“The next step in their development is moving to a top club and that will be good for the Ireland team as well.”
Dunne went on to suggest a new-look Republic of Ireland team is emerging after the Euro 2016 adventure, with Robbie Keane, Shay Given and John O’Shea among the veterans likely to call time on their international careers ahead of a World Cup qualifying campaign that gets underway in September.
“The team is changing now,” he added. “Probably after this tournament, there will be two, three or four who might retire, but the likes of (Shane) Duffy, (Richard) Keogh, Hendrick and Brady have shown they can perform on the big stage.
“We have had Robbie Keane, Shay Given and John O’Shea with 300 caps between them and it looked like it was going to be difficult without them, but the first half of the France match and the game against Italy has given the Irish public something to hang on to.
“That’s the pride those lads can take out of this competition. We have to hope we can have a bright future.”
Meanwhile, Dunne suggested fatigue played a big factor in Ireland's second half collapse against France in Lyon, as he suggested defensive mistakes cost Ireland in the end.
"The lads were very tired at the end and you tends to make more mistakes when you are struggling physically," he added.
"Duffy should have held off (Olivier) Giroud rather than go to the ball with Keogh for their second goal, but once he made the decision to follow the ball, it gave them a clear run at goal.
"Once we conceded the first goal, tiredness set in and decision making can be affected. The goals could have been avoided, but you could see that the players were struggling at the end and the turnaround from the Italy game for days ago played a part.