Kevin Doyle's Ireland omission was "mutual decision"
Kevin Doyle's omission from Ireland's squad for the upcoming friendly against England and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland was a mutual decision made by the player and boss Martin O'Neill.
Doyle was left out of the trimmed down squad for the upcoming games in Dublin, but we understand that he was keen to stay in America as he looks to establish himself in the Colorado Rapids team just a couple of weeks after his arrival.
Presented with the prospect of warming the bench for Ireland and missing a vital MLS game for the club he joined from Wolves earlier this month, Doyle decided he should stay loyal to his club on this occasion.
Yet the 31-year-old striker is determined to continue his international career, even though he is now playing his football on foreign fields.
“My plan is to make myself available for Ireland for as long as possible and I feel like I can still do a job for the team,” Doyle told the Sunday World.
“Hopefully playing regular football in a league that is getting plenty of TV coverage in the UK and Ireland now will help me in some way when it comes to getting into the international team because I want to do all I can to try and get us through to the Euro 2016 finals.”
FINAL IRELAND SQUAD FOR THE FRIENDLY AGAINST ENGLAND AND THE EURO 2016 QUALIFIER AGAINST SCOTLAND
David Forde, Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, Darren Randolph
Richard Keogh, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, Cyrus Christie, John O’Shea, Alex Pearce, Paul McShane, Stephen Ward
James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Harry Arter, Glenn Whelan, Aiden McGeady, James McClean, Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan
Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, Jon Walters, David McGoldrick
READ AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN DOYLE IN TODAY'S SUNDAY WORLD