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Gareth McAuley

Mark up a contract between players and the Irish FA so we stop getting stung by young guns leaving

Gareth McAuley

Mark Sykes

Mark Sykes deciding to play for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland is hugely disappointing, but the bottom line is if your heart's not in it, you are no good to the dressing room or the team.

I believe it is important to note that the Northern Ireland squad is a good environment to be in, it's inclusive of everyone, it's welcoming and the senior lads go a long way to making the new boys feel comfortable. Sykesy has been in squads and he will know all of the above is 100% correct.

I also have no doubt switching allegiance will have been a hard decision for him to make. Ultimately, you can't be there half-hearted.