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Eamon Dunphy: 'Does Aiden McGeady want to play for Ireland?'

The RTÉ analyst says the winger must leave Everton in order to warrant a place in the Boys in Green’s Euro 2016 squad.

Aiden McGeady has yet to play in the Premier League for Everton this season.
Aiden McGeady has yet to play in the Premier League for Everton this season.

EAMON DUNPHY HAS urged out-of-favour Ireland winger Aiden McGeady to leave Everton, with the 29-year-old yet to feature for the Toffees in the Premier League this season.

Speaking on RTÉ 2fm’s Game On show, Dunphy questioned whether McGeady had the desire to take a wage cut in order to play regular first-team football and boost his chances of competing for Ireland at Euro 2016.

“I left places in my career where I took pay cuts so that I could play meaningful football — and that’s the word, ‘meaningful,’” the controversial pundit said.

“And I think if you don’t do that, you lose your own self respect, you lose your competitive edge and it’s no good.”

Dunphy said that the fact that the player’s agent gets part of his wages may be influencing the winger’s thinking and suggested the Euros could be the ex-Celtic player’s last chance to shine on the international stage.

“He is not going to have another major championship in him. And every day he sits on his backside and doesn’t play, he is losing a day of what will probably be the most fruitful thing in his life.

So he has got to come to terms with where he is. And there is more to life than money. I think he should go.

“Does he want to play for Ireland? He should want to get away and play six months in the Championship or wherever it is, take the wage cut and be a player again.

“If he sits on his backside for six months… I don’t respect that.”

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