“Every nation is free to call up any player, if they want to see James then he needs to go because that is a Fifa rule,” Koeman said. “But James has not played a game since July, and that is important. I hope that is taken into consideration and I know that the two medical staff, at this club and with Ireland, are talking to each other about the situation. As long as there is understanding and good communication that is all we can ask. You sometimes can make exceptions for play-off games or matches that come at the end of the season, but we pay all the players’ salaries and we expect them to put the club’s interests first.”
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