Video - Martin O'Neill hits back in Wes Hoolahan row

O'Neill hits back at Dunphy
O'Neill hits back at Dunphy

RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy suggested Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill's was not honest as he gave his reasons for leaving Wes Hoolahan out of his starting line-up for the crucial Euro 2016 qualifying decider in Poland.

Hoolahan turned in a sparkling performance as Ireland beat world champions Germany in Dublin on Thursday night, but O'Neill suggested the Norwich midfielder told him that he was not fit to start a second high octane game in quick succession.

That saw O'Neill shake up his team and bring Glenn Whelan back into the mix, which sparked this angry pre-kick-off tirade from Dunphy.

"It is a year since Martin O'Neill said Wesley Hoolahan shouldn't play against the strong teams away from home," said an irate Dunphy.

"He said he can play him at home and probably against the lesser teams.

"At his press conference, he said that being the wrong side of 30, he wasn't sure if Wes could play two game in a few days. 

"Now that story has changed. I'd be very surprised as a former player if Wes has said that to the manager."

O'Neill suggested the attention on Hoolahan's non-selection was being over-hyped by Dunphy and the RTE panel. 

Dunphy was unforgiving after the game, as he suggested Ireland played with little invention against the Poles.