Republic of Eire have turn into one of many best groups to beat in Europe, based on former striker Tony Cascarino.
Stephen Kenny’s facet suffered their newest defeat this week as they had been thumped 3-Zero by England at Wembley Stadium – the Three Lions’ first win over the Irish since 1985.
However the loss additionally prolonged Eire’s depressing goalless run to 5 video games – their longest run with out scoring for 24 years.
Former Shamrock Rovers boss Kenny remains to be ready for his first victory since changing Mick McCarthy as supervisor again in April, having didn’t information the nation to Euro 2020.
Extremely, Eire’s final win got here in a pleasant towards New Zealand precisely 12 months in the past – on November 14 2019 – and that’s their solely victory from their final ten video games in all competitions.
And after this week’s embarrassing defeat to England’s second string, Cascarino believes the Republic of Eire crew are actually ‘backside of the pile’ of all of the House Nations sides.
Talking on the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast, the previous Eire striker stated: “In my view, we’ve gone from being the crew that all the time rubs shoulders with England as being the perfect crew from these shores, to being nowhere close to that now.
“We’re in all probability poorer than Northern Eire, positively poorer than Wales and positively poorer than Scotland, by a great distance. We’re backside of the pile!
“In our Nations League group we’ve obtained Wales, Finland and Bulgaria – we’ve obtained two factors from 4 video games, Wales have gotten TEN!
“Finland have gotten 9 factors, they beat us in our final sport and I watched it on the Aviva Stadium and we had been poor. We’re doing issues I hate to see.
“This concept of ‘taking part in soccer’, I believe some managers, and I believe Steven Kelly is responsible of this, you play soccer however overlook to do the ugly facet of it, and the perfect groups don’t. They shut you down, they make it onerous for you.
“I’m watching Eire and, sure they’ve had a great deal of accidents they usually’ve had issues with COVID-19, however if you don’t shut opposition down of their half of the pitch, and also you simply stand off them, you turn into really easy to play towards.
“We now have gone from one of many hardest groups in Europe to play towards, to turning into one of many best!”