It’s a new chapter for the Irish football team but no one seems to have bought the book. Despite UEFA’s attempts to hype up the Nations League, this still feel likes a set of early season friendlies, and with the Rice and Arter sagas, Irish fans are consumed with negativity towards the management duo of O’Neill and Keane. With a glaring lack of quality in the squad, this seems like the same old story with an unhappy ending.
Ireland’s UEFA ranking in November of this year will determine where they are classified in the new UEFA Nations League. And how they perform in the new competition beginning next year could have a major bearing on the Boys in Green’s chances of appearing at EURO 2020 on home soil in Dublin.