Mick McCarthy is convinced the recent poor international results experienced by some of his young players will not affect them when they switch their minds back to all matters Wolverhampton Wanderers later this week.
Players like Scotland defender Christophe Berra and Wales’ goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey were on the wrong end of disappointing defeats against Holland and Finland respectively, but the Wolves manager feels with another international game each tonight his players will bounce back.
Wolves face another week without a game before they face Birmingham City on Monday night in a televised top of the Championship table clash at St Andrew’s.
McCarthy said: “The players have got another international tonight and could all win which will make a difference.
“I am sure what happens to them on the international break will not impact us. I have been in their position and played with the Republic and when you come back to your club that game is shelved and you focus on what is here.
“In the same way our result against Nottingham Forest in our last game wouldn’t have helped the lads going into the international games because it will have been put on the shelf for a week and then it is time to move on to something else. You have to do it like that and be single-minded.”
McCarthy, who saw eight of his first team squad out on international duty, added: “Players like Christophe Berra have come up against Holland and I hear he did OK. In terms of his development and his playing experience it is brilliant to be playing international football.
“When I got my caps when I was with Manchester City, I had my first and then suddenly I got round to ten.
“With the competitive games you do get a different feel and believe that you can play at that level and that can only help you when you return to your club.”
Meanwhile, Wolves have unveiled a new two-year tie up with on-line sports betting company Sportingbet.com in what has been described as the “most lucrative shirt sponsorship” deal in the club’s history.”
The exact value of the new deal has been kept under wraps but is thought to be worth a seven-figure sum for Wolves over two years and will lead to a new strip which will be unveiled next month.