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Republic of Ireland coach McCarthy explains snub for Wolves fullback Doherty

Republic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy has defended his snub for Wolves fullback Matt Doherty.

Doherty didn't play a minute for Ireland during the recent internationals because Everton defender Seamus Coleman is a better right-back, according to McCarthy.

He explained: "In my opinion, Seamus is the best right-back. I think Matt is a fabulous right-back but, unfortunately for him, I think Seamus is a better one.

"At this moment in time why would I leave Seamus out? But it's always about someone who doesn't play. And the other thing about Seamus is, he's a fabulous personality and the captain of the team. It's just difficult, you know."

"Matt isn't an attacker, he's a right wing-back and he is a brilliant right wing-back for Wolves but unfortunately sometimes, the manager just thinks that there is somebody who is better in that position.

"I can't say anything other than that or give you any other reasons. I really love Matt Doherty. I signed him at Wolves, he's had a great career.

"But it (decision) is my preference. That's what it is and the manager has to have it. It's unfortunate."

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