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'He got his manager sacked at Everton' - Dunphy heavily critical of James McCarthy

The RTÉ panel gave a positive assessment of the Irish side’s overall performance today.

James Mccarthy, right, jumps past Sweden's Martin Olsson.
James Mccarthy, right, jumps past Sweden's Martin Olsson.
Image: Christophe Ena

THE RTÉ PANEL and Eamon Dunphy in particular were heavily critical of James McCarthy’s display against Sweden today.

The Everton midfielder featured as the Boys in Green ultimately had to be content with a point after Wes Hoolahan had put them ahead.

While Dunphy praised the overall performance, calling it “brave,” he was scathing in relation to McCarthy.

“You’ve got to have someone in the middle of the field who can manage the game from there, slow the tempo down and keep the ball from there.

We improved a lot today, but we won’t be able to go on with James McCarthy doing nothing in midfield.

“Whelan, who I’ve been often critical of, was really good today. He tackled and shadowed Ibrahimovic when he was coming deep in the first half — he even did a little bit on the ball.

But McCarthy we have to do something about — I watched him all season at Everton, he got his manager sacked there. The guy does nothing.

“He’s strolling around the pitch like a traffic cop, pointing here, pointing there, not doing anything else himself.”

“We’re disappointed in McCarthy because we believe he can do it,” added Liam Brady, who also called Wes Hoolahan “the most skillful player on the pitch” today.

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