Queens Park Rangers’ Ryan Manning was named in the Republic or Ireland’s provisional squad for this international break, but didn’t make the cut. How will this make QPR fans feel?
Mick McCarthy Ireland beat New Zealand 3-1 last night and will face Denmark next week in two international friendlies.
He named a 39-man provisional squad for the fixtures but whittled it down to 23, and Ryan Manning along with a host of Irishmen missed out on a call-up.
Manning, 23, is yet to make his debut for Ireland but has been capped at both U19 and U21 level.
He’s enjoying his best season to date under Mark Warburton. The former Brentford boss came in over the summer and has turned Manning from a central midfielder into a left-back.
It’s proved to be a masterstroke by the QPR manager – Manning has established himself as one of the league’s most creative players from the left flank, and he’s been an important figure in his teams season so far.
A 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough last time out sunk QPR to 10th in the Championship table for the break, and the team are now without a win in four.
It’s another important two-weeks of training and preparation for the congested schedule ahead, and Warburton and his players have plenty of work to be doing in that time.
For Manning, to not earn his first international cap this week would be frustrating – he’s been in fine-form this season and many expected him to make the squad.
But for QPR fans, Manning’s exclusion from McCarthy’s side may not be bad news.
Should Ryan Manning have been called up to the Ireland squad this month?
Obviously, everyone would’ve loved to see Manning playing for his country, but it’s extra game-time and for a player in the Football League, game-time is in high abundance – QPR play three games in the space of eight days after the international break.
What’s more is that, with Manning being the target of several Premier League clubs, him making his international debut would only fuel that fire. Both Newcastle and Southampton are said to be in for the full-back and planning a January bid, with Manning’s contract at QPR due to expire next summer.
Overall for QPR fans, Ryan Manning’s omission from the Ireland squad isn’t all that bad. He’ll have a decent rest before they resume their season with a trip to Fulham in two weeks time, as QPR look to bounce back into the top-six and end their winless run.