Portsmouth new-boy Marcus Harness on Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy's radar after impressing for Burton Albion

Share this article
Have your say

Pompey new-boy Marcus Harness is on the Republic of Ireland’s radar. 

Boss Mick McCarthy is set to run the rule over the winger after he declared he wants to represent Eire.

Marcus Harness is on Ireland's radar. Picture: Joe Pepler

Marcus Harness is on Ireland's radar. Picture: Joe Pepler

Harness completed his move to Fratton Park from Burton for an undisclosed fee last week.

He bolsters Kenny Jackett’s attacking options ahead of the Blues’ forthcoming League One promotion push.

After an impressive season at the Brewers, registered six goals and seven assists in 39 appearances, the 23-year-old caught the eye of McCarthy. 

Harness has expressed his interest to play for the Green Army after scouts watched him for Nigel Clough’s men.

Ireland have a busy autumn ahead, with European Championships 2020 qualifiers against Switzerland (home and away) and Georgia, as well as a friendly with Bulgaria, in September and October.

McCarthy is keen to widen the pool of talent he can select from, with Harness one candidate identified.

And the Ireland boss will be assessing the Coventry-born ace’s performances at Fratton Park.

McCarthy said: ‘Terry Connor and myself both saw Marcus play with Burton last season and we will have him watched again when the season kicks-off next weekend and see how he gets on.

‘He has told us he wants to play for Ireland and we will follow through on that now and help him sort the paperwork from his side.’

Ronan Curtis is firmly involved in the Eire set-up after making his senior breakthrough last year.

Pick up our Sports Mail pre-season special which includes interviews with 18 Pompey players on Sunday for just 80p.