Words were exchanged by luc Holtz with Michael O’Neill within a tackle after the 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg on Thursday of Northern Ireland.
Luxembourg director Holtz was left angry after a challenge in Northern Ireland defender Tom Flanagan compelled Gerson Rodrigues to limp off against Serbia in advance of their crucial Qualifier.
Dynamo Kyiv midfielder Rodrigues – a vital player for Luxembourg – left Windsor Park with strapping and is a significant doubt for the clash with Serbia on Tuesday because he faces a scan to the injury.
O’Neill, when asked about his spat with Holtz, stated “I left his hands at the end and that was it”
Sky Sports News understands that Rodrigues, who has family living in Belfast, has been frustrated pre-match after discovering his profile had the picture .
Northern Ireland won 1-0 thanks to the game to a freak own goal by Kevin Malget because O’Neill side prepare to face Germany in a Qualifier together with both sides unbeaten in Group C. – live on Sky Sports – on Monday
“I am not positive whether you actually enjoy playing Germany to become fair but we understand the level of the challenge and we’re looking forward to the game,” O’Neill added.
“We’ll watch Germany’s game tomorrow , in these types of games we’ve everything to gain.
“We’re a very small nation and Joachim Low has turned into a squad in the space of three months, it’s a tough challenge but one we’re awaiting.
“We have everything from your (Luxembourg) game we wanted, it is great to win five games in a row we have came through unscathed having a very young group on the pitch.
“I am pleased with all and there have been some excellent performances as well.”
Cardiff defender Ciaron Brown – uncapped at any given level and only a week called into Ian Baraclough’s U21s squad – started the game and appeared guaranteed as O’Neill made eight changes to the side which beat Belarus in June.
“For Ciaron Brown to come in, it was his very first week using our U21s and he has currently made his senior global debut, it was a test but he did well,” O’Neill said.
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