Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland need more players playing top flight football.
The Boys in Green drew Wales in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group at the weekend.
The Welsh were top seeds in the group and sit tenth in the World, with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey playing key roles for their title-challenging clubs.
Irish players have struggled to make an impact with the Premier League’s top sides by comparison, with no representatives in the big top four sides last season.
Speaking at the launch of the SSE Airtricity National under-17 league at FAI HQ in Abbotstown yesterday, former Manchester United star Keane says Ireland need the experience that comes with playing top level football: