Man Utd defender McGinty never considered England over Ireland

Manchester United defender Sean McGinty is happy to commit to the Republic of Ireland.

Manchester United defender Sean McGinty is happy to commit to the Republic of Ireland.

There has been talk McGinty would follow the lead of United clubmate Michael Keane by switching his allegiance to England.

“I’m grateful to Noel King for the call-up and I’m pleased to be back involved,” he told the Irish Examiner of his U21 call. “I’m not sure why Paul Doolin dropped Shane Duffy and myself from the U19 squad after the first set of qualifiers but I was gutted not to be involved with the lads going to those European finals.

“I was Irish captain for three years and, just because manager mightn’t like me as a footballer or person, it doesn’t mean I’d switch teams [to England].

“England didn’t approach me and I don’t think I’d ever switch. Even when I was out of the squad, my Dad reminded that it was Ireland who gave me my break at international level. It was from playing for Ireland that helped get me the move to Manchester United from Charlton Athletic.”

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