Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has stated that Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis is making his claim for a place in the squad ahead of next month’s play-off with Slovakia.
Curtis has been excellent for Pompey throughout the current campaign and has scored 11 goals in his 28 League One appearances.
Alongside his personal performances, Curtis has been part of a team that has bounced back from a poor run in the early part of the season to climb to sixth place with just 16 league games left to play.
Another Pompey player McCarthy was watching on the weekend is Marcus Harness. The 23-year-old has featured in 22 League One games and provided five assists.
The Ireland boss has revealed his assessment on the Portsmouth duo and whether they’re in his thoughts for the Slovakia clash.
Speaking to the official FAI website, McCarthy said: “Ronan is making his claim for the play-off.
“He didn’t score against Shrewsbury but you could see how confident he is at the minute.
“He’s on top form with Pompey and he did well on Saturday, as did Marcus Harness who may well feature for us in the future.”
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Curtis has been terrific this season, and has shown that he can go on and play in a higher division, even if Portsmouth don’t earn promotion.
McCarthy has seen his consistency and the amount of goals that he’s been able to score, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him play in Ireland’s crucial play-off game.
Harness is another who is only going to improve with age. Despite being inconsistent with Portsmouth throughout the campaign, he has proven his star quality at times
If Pompey do go up, it’ll be interesting to see whether they can both perform in the Championship but the signs are bright for the pair.