Five of Roy Keane's best quotes from yesterday's hard-hitting press conference

Roy Keane opens up on some big issues...

Relief among players who made the 23:

 “After one or two of their performances the other night, they should be counting their blessings that they got on the flight.. Some were very, very poor for international football. It’s very important you control the ball, pass it and move. It’s a pretty simple game, really, so if you can’t do that you’re up against it.” 

Aiden McGeady:

“My reaction to Aiden’s performance? I think he can do a lot better but maybe that’s the story of Aiden’s career. He needs to play better than he did the other night to force his way into the starting XI.” 

Jeff Hendrick and Daryl Murphy:

“If you’re standing still in this game, you’re going backwards. The two players you mentioned, they’ve got to up the ante and you’ve got to be ready. Sometimes we make excuses for players that have not played football. They’re still training, they still have to control the ball and run. You can forgive match sharpness but you’ve got to get yourself in a good shape, eat properly, prepare properly. You’re playing international football, control the bloody ball. Pass it and move to your mates. If you lose it, run back.” 

If the facilities are not right at Ireland’s French training base:

“I’ll obviously head home (smiles). I never looked for perfection, just progress and there’s been massive progress over the last year or two. To be fair to the FAI, the people in the background, there’s been huge improvement. My mindset is to go over there and enjoy it. Will there be mishaps along the way? Listen, the other night was a mishap. We weren’t planning on losing to Belarus but we’ll roll with it and we’ll be ready.” 

Sweden v Wales in Stockholm on Sunday:

“Yeah, the plan is to go there with Martin. In a camper van.”

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