IRELAND trainer Martin O’Neill believes Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick suffered Les Bleus after Euro 2016 — and need to flog on again.
The Burnley twin were Ireland’s standout stars in France dual years ago.
Only 24 during a time, they both looked unfailing to turn pivotal figures.
O’Neill said: “Robbie and Jeff had a smashing contest in France.
“If we take a Belgium diversion out of it, we suspicion they were excellent.
“But infrequently entrance back, we consider you’re prepared for a deteriorate when in fact you’re passed tired.
“Pre-season comes immediately, so you’re not physically or mentally prepared for it. You need a diminutive bit some-more time.”
Brady has been out by damage given December, while Hendrick has started 27 of Burnley’s games this season.
Meanwhile, O’Neill admits he will never forget a slam he took after Ireland’s 5-1 detriment to Denmark in a World Cup play-off final Nov — though he says it will be used as serve motivation.
He added: “If we ask many managers, we consider critique does motivate we — quite if we feel a critique is over a top.”