The midfielder has missed part of pre-season and all three of the Blues competitive games so far with a knee injury but had returned to training last week.
O'Neill's decision to include McCarthy in his squad despite him not being match fit is similar to a number of previous occasions on which the player has broken down again in training or on the pitch for his country and has been the cause of severe friction between the Irish manager and Ronald Koeman.
With the first World Cup qualifier not until the start of next month, on this occasion O'Neill might be banking on McCarthy, who has battled to remain consistently fit in recent seasons, being fit in time to play.
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1 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:45:26
2 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:45:39
3 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:52:00
4 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:57:22
5 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:58:05
Can't think of anyone more annoying than these 2.
6 Posted 14/08/2017 at 15:58:32
7 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:06:38
The Irish FA &,O'Neill are taking the proverbial. If it wasn't that bad that everytime McCarthy played for Ireland last season he wasn't fit & came back physically worse. We lost Coleman for pretty much a season whilst playing for Ireland!
8 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:14:04
9 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:16:00
10 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:19:09
11 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:23:49
I guess that explains your role in the ToffeeWeb "family"!
12 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:29:59
14 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:53:02
15 Posted 14/08/2017 at 16:53:46
Terribly boring at this stage but I always have a peep at the threads for the laughs.
16 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:16:19
17 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:34:37
"I guess every family needs a deadbeat."
18 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:54:33
What do you call someone who continues to not produce, causing everyone else to pick up the slack, while continuing to do other things they want to do before taking care of their responsibilities back home?
McCarthy has been injured for years now, unable to contribute for Everton. Yet every time Ireland comes calling does he say to them "no, I need to take care of business at home first"? No he doesn't. He joins them instead of continuing to work on his fitness with Everton. It's like a child, you can't go play at your friends house if you haven't done your chores at home. But McCarthy goes off and stays injured, while Everton pays his wages.
19 Posted 14/08/2017 at 17:56:26
20 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:21:01
21 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:24:09
Not too difficult to understand is it David?
22 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:31:41
23 Posted 14/08/2017 at 18:56:54
24 Posted 14/08/2017 at 19:12:58
26 Posted 14/08/2017 at 20:10:29
Poor analogy which doesn't work on any level. Let me ask what do you call someone whose hamstrings are shot from being asked by his club / former manager to play while injured. Next time you wonder why he's injured so often, ask yourself why that is.
27 Posted 14/08/2017 at 20:25:34
Missing Hibbo and Ossie, are we?
28 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:15:14
29 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:19:14
30 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:30:51
1. He is only called up not playing when declared unfit. No statement yet by Everton about him being not fit enough to play in four weeks time. So cut out the hysteria.
2. If he is not wanted by the club, what's the hysteria about.
3. On a provocative note, it is clear Koeman is not interested in playing him. In limbo like Niasse and the most of you here don't want him so he has no future at Everton. Why would he not put himself in the shop window if he got the opportunity?
31 Posted 14/08/2017 at 21:51:21
I'm a big fan of players playing at international level, but surely someone should be intervening given the history here.
32 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:21:13
We could do with less of the hysterics. If he is unfit then he should stay at the club otherwise I believe he is required to travel. Koeman needs to keep a cool head here too!
33 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:30:01
Ireland need him more than us. In O'Neil's position, I would do the same. As for players playing injured, most of them carry knocks whilst playing it's the norm for professional footballers.
34 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:39:09
"Its a shame that his career has been plagued by international duties."
That's the thing Colin it hasn't. The problems he has all go back to a certain Catalan asking him to play through injury for his club. The Koeman vs O'Neill stuff is a ridiculous sideshow that has detracted from this uncomfortable truth.
35 Posted 14/08/2017 at 22:58:02
36 Posted 14/08/2017 at 23:24:21
Mccarthy is valued at around £20-25m, I like jimmy Mc but now is probably a good time to cash in and look for a player with more going forward.
Mccarthy out along with Niasse and Robles would pretty much cover cost of transfer fee and wages for Mahrez.
Sometimes it's better to cut your losses.
37 Posted 15/08/2017 at 01:20:35
He's got O'Neill and Keane bending his ear to play for his country (waiting for the snide remarks that he was born in Scotland), but anyone who has watched the first few games do this season and who saw a fit James McCarty in his first season at Goodison can see that we need this boy fit for the season.
38 Posted 15/08/2017 at 02:30:51
39 Posted 15/08/2017 at 06:15:59
If he then returns with an injury, would Everton be in line for compensation? Not an entirely satisfactory situation but it might open up discussion in the matter.
40 Posted 15/08/2017 at 07:45:02
41 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:02:46
42 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:30:26
As a few others have said, HE'S BEEN NAMED IN THE SQUAD, he hasn't joined the squad, O'Neill hasn't said he's fit and he certainly hasn't played. And it's two and a half weeks til the game.
All inconvenient truths to the ToffeeWeb hysteria. What a fortnight we have ahead.
43 Posted 15/08/2017 at 09:35:12
International teams cannot buy or sell players.
44 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:00:28
45 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:37:28
46 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:39:53
47 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:44:31
Another point that's being missed, probably intentionally, is that McCarthy didn't join the squad for the last set of games so I guess maybe you might have his priorities wrong.
Give me McCarthy over Stephen Ireland any day. Although if he could pass the ball forward, or even just look for the ball, in green or blue, it'd be a help.
48 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:29:08
49 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:32:17
really? Have you seen something we haven't?
50 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:00:57
51 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:26:04
For both player and club the best solution would be to sell. Should really have sold last summer.
A club like WBA or the barcodes would probably take him for 15m.
52 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:22:49
Breaking transfer Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee believed to be around £45m.
53 Posted 15/08/2017 at 22:51:00
Players don't go to international games for free especially when they cost millions of pounds. Anyone who thinks otherwise is really naive.
54 Posted 16/08/2017 at 17:32:07
56 Posted 18/08/2017 at 11:04:49
Everton would rather sell but will work with clubs.
58 Posted 28/08/2017 at 16:14:34
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