A week ago, Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy named his provisional squad for next week’s internationals. Ireland have a friendly against New Zealand next Thursday before a massive Euro qualifier with Denmark.
Both Ireland and Denmark are on 12 points with Ireland having the better goal difference. However, Denmark and third place Switzerland have a game in hand on Ireland.
For his provisional squad, McCarthy picked Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark. It’s been over a year since Clark has been named to an Ireland squad, and his last cap was in September of 2018 against Wales.
However, his recent play for Newcastle has now possibly opened the door for an international return.
Speaking to the Republic of Ireland website, McCarthy noted that Clark may have played himself into contention for the upcoming internationals. This is what he had to say about Ciaran after his goal against West Ham:
“Ciaran Clark did his chances no harm as well on Saturday. His goal was one of the highlights for Newcastle, but he played well throughout the game and looked settled in their defense.”
Clark has been outstanding since his return to the team against Manchester United last month. The goal he scored was a familiar sight for Newcastle fans as Ciaran has an eye for goal. He scored three last year despite only playing in eleven Premier League games.
Clark has made 32 appearances for Ireland since his debut in February of 2011. McCarthy will make the final determination of his squad for next week’s internationals tomorrow.