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Published: 11:12 | 7/6/16

O'Neill plays down rumours of unrest

Players reportedly unhappy with Keane comments

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has played down talk of unrest in his squad ahead of their opening Euro 2016 against Sweden next Monday.

Rumours that a number of players were upset by the severe criticism levelled at them by assistant coach Roy Keane following the defeat to Belarus last week were dismissed by O'Neill, although he did admit that some of the comments were "strong".

Winger Aiden McGeady came in for particular attention from Keane, but O'Neill revealed that the pair had spoken since and that there was no problem.

"Roy's already had a word with him," he said.

"Roy's words were slightly on the strong side. Any pieces of criticism the players get from Roy or myself they take on board or dismiss it accordingly.

"The reaction of the players, I have to say, has been very strong. If the Belarus game was a bit of blip with some of the players being a bit rusty, then that's absolutely fine.

"It was a godsend to have that game because some of the players hadn't played much football and needed it."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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