Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane criticises Everton of pressuring players to pull out of international duty

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was scathing in his criticism of Everton manager Roberto Martinez, blaming the Toffees boss of pressuring players to avoid international duty, reports Sky Sports.

“Every time there is an international match it does seem to be Seamus (Coleman) and James (McCarthy) under lots of pressure. They’re turning up or they might not turn up, or they’re struggling. I don’t think, (Roberto Martinez) has ever played senior level at international level and maybe he doesn’t appreciate how big it is for us and how big the games are for us,” he said.

The Republic of Ireland have impressed during their Euro 2016 campaign, but have been without a number of key players for their internationals, while many of the players are fit enough to play at club level.

Keane added how he wants the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill to meet with Everton manager Roberto Martinez to discuss the issues.

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