McGoldrick's return could be the key to make McCarthy's Ireland tick again

There isn’t a drop of whiskey in sight and, rather than holding court in a dingy pub held dear by the diaspora, with pictures of the Rising leaders on the wall and Wolfe Tones blaring from the jukebox, it’s usually a Costa near the club’s training ground where their Republic of Ireland internationals catch up.

John Egan, Enda Stevens and summer signing Callum Robinson regularly meet and while David McGoldrick completes the quartet of Mick McCarthy’s men in that corner of Yorkshire, he is given a free pass to skip the afternoon cappuccinos.

Not only does McGoldrick have his own recovery routine after training – one personalised for him by ‘reconditioning specialist’ Bill Knowles, who previously worked with Tiger Woods – but the forward prefers to make it home to his family in Nottingham as quickly as possible, having spent a fair chunk of his career hundreds of miles away in the south of England.

When goalkeeper Dean Henderson dropped a clanger to hand Liverpool a crucial victory earlier in the season, Wilder was blunt in his assessment, insisting the on-loan Manchester United star would have to improve his concentration levels if he wants to play for an elite club.

His excellent late equaliser at home to the Swiss saw him break his international duck – he remains the only Ireland forward to score in this qualifying campaign – and it his ability to make the ball stick in the final third which is invaluable for McCarthy’s game plan.

He knows exactly what to expect from McGoldrick and McCarthy will no doubt be reciting his favoured ‘Serenity Prayer’ that the veteran forward comes through unscathed so as to provide the major boost needed to help get Ireland over the line in Euro 2020 qualifying.

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