Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny believes the future of the team is bright despite failing to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022. The Irish left themselves too much to do after losing their first three games of the qualification campaign including a shock loss to Luxembourg. After the terrible start, they have just lost one game in their last nine. The sole loss was against Portugal, one of the best teams in the world.
“Obviously, we lost to Luxembourg in March,” Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kenny said. “That last-gasp defeat in Portugal is the only match [lost] in nine since then, so we have learned a lot. We have a stronger squad overall with the influx of a lot of players we have brought through the system. That gives us greater competition for places, which you need. We are an improving team, we are improving all the time.”
“We are not perfect, we still have some work to do to get better,” he added. “We are hungry to get better, there’s a great spirit in the squad. You have seen that recently in the last few windows. There’s tremendous togetherness in the squad and we’ve seen a very high technical standard in recent games, against Portugal, Qatar, Azerbaijan, and Serbia. There has been a very high technical standard overall from the players and they have shown their quality. Andrew Omobamidele, we’ll assess him in training this evening.”