Stephen Kenny said that he has not spoken to Matt Doherty about his comments following Ireland's 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley and insisted that he had no problem with what the defender said in his post-match interview. 

The Spurs defender said that "I feel embarrassed at times when we come off the pitch because we're losing games and not scoring goals. It's not nice", while also adding that "it felt like we gave up a little bit tonight once the second goal went in". 

Ireland manager Kenny said that he listened back to what Doherty had said after the game and that it was not an issue worth raising with the player. 

"I haven't spoken to him," said Kenny, speaking at the pre-match press conference in Cardiff this afternoon.

"I've listened to what he said and what he said was perfectly fine. He was embarrassed to lose the game 3-0 and that's fine." 

Kenny believes that the players have put the disappointment of the defeat to England behind him, and that the mood in camp is good, as his side look forward to the Nations League double-header, which he considers more important than the friendly at Wembley. 

"I think everyone was disappointed to lose against England. It was a difficult game playing England in Wembley – Ireland have never won in Wembley, we wanted to try to achieve that. 

"They're in good form and it's probably the first match we've played that we've been not in the ascendancy for a lot of the game. We were disappointed to lose the game, but you've got a quick turnaround. 

"The Nations League games were the greater priority overall with points at stake, so we've got to focus on Wales tomorrow and Bulgaria on Wednesday. They were certainly the priority for us."

And the manager stated that there was nothing wrong with the mentality of the squad going into the game against the Welsh, despite having failed to record a win in the last six games, since Kenny took charge of the team. 

"Listen, there's nothing wrong with the mentality of the players in the Irish squad, that's for sure," said Kenny. 

"We've 25 players in the squad now, all good players and we're ready to play the two games against Wales and Bulgaria. 

"Everyone that's here has a massive desire to play for their country and there's absolutely nothing wrong with the mentality. Just because you were beaten by England in Wembley, there's nothing wrong with the mentality of the players.

"They all give everything of themselves all the time." 

Jason Knight was meant to be on Under-21 duty

Kenny confirmed that James McCarthy was not available for the game against Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, as the player received some bad personal news ahead of the England game and withdrew from the squad. 

But the manager did call four more players into the squad for the remaining matches against Wales and Bulgaria in Dublin on Wednesday, including midfielders Jason Knight and Josh Cullen as well as defensive duo Darragh Lenihan and Ciaran Clark. Jack Byrne and Ryan Manning had also joined up with the squad ahead of the two Nations League matches.

Knight, of course, has been plucked from the Under-21 side who have two important games this week as they attempt to qualify for the European championships. 

Kenny has used many Under-21-eligible players throughout the six games that played under his tenure, and the manager said that Knight was not just brought in to make up the numbers, while adding that the role of all underage sides is to produce players for the senior set-up. 

"Jason is not here to make up the numbers. We may have included him before now, but we didn't want to include him to sit in the stand when he could be playing for the Under-21s in an important qualifier," said Kenny.

"But this is the senior international team, that's the purpose of underage set-up, to produce players for the senior international team.

"Jason has already made his debut – he's only 19 and he's made his debut in Finland – again playing every week in the Championship for Derby County, and he's got tremendous drive for one so young." 

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