Cherries: Consistency key to McQuoid's international aspirations says Howe

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe believes consistency will be the key to Josh McQuoid reviving his international career.

McQuoid has not featured for Northern Ireland since coming off the bench in a European Championship qualifier in Estonia more than 14 months ago.

The 22-year-old was again overlooked when coach Michael O’Neill named a 24-man squad for tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Belfast.

McQuoid, who has been capped five times by his adopted country, has been in a rich vein form since Howe returned to the Dean Court hot-seat last month.

The frontman has bagged four goals in six starts under Howe and has played a pivotal role as Cherries’ fortunes have taken a dramatic turn for the better.

Southampton-born McQuoid, who qualifies for Northern Ireland through his grandfather, won his first cap in November 2010 during Howe’s first spell as Cherries manager.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I know Michael O’Neill and we spoke regularly when I was at Burnley because we had a few lads involved in the international set up. I know Josh is still in his thoughts.

“It is up to Josh to keep doing the business. I am sure they will have representatives here to watch him and, hopefully, he can impress because I would imagine it is never a closed shop. Regardless of whether Josh plays up front or out wide, he just needs to perform well on a consistent basis and score more goals.”

Asked whether he felt dropping into League One had hampered McQuoid’s international chances, Howe replied: “There are no problems with him playing in League One. I do think it gets a little more difficult when you drop down a division and it is slightly more difficult to get the recognition. I think you probably have to work twice as hard and that is the challenge facing Josh.

“Knowing him, knowing his ability and what he can do, I certainly don’t think he should give up on his international career. He is still young and it is all there for him. But he has certainly got to work hard to get back in.

“I have got no doubt that he has got the appetite for it. He has performed well in the past month and I still think there is more to come from him. I would say though that because I know him very well as a player and, at his very best, I doubt there are few better than him in this division. He has got to prove that on a consistent basis.

“I am always pleased to see players called up because it is reward for their endeavours. I would certainly want Josh to do that because it would mean he was performing well for us.”

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7:28am Wed 14 Nov 12

oxoncherry2 says...

Very encouraging words from Sir Eddie. Josh is a team player, so ought to do well in an international set-up.
Very encouraging words from Sir Eddie. Josh is a team player, so ought to do well in an international set-up. oxoncherry2

8:31am Wed 14 Nov 12

AFCBade says...

Like many players looked off the pace under groves, no doubt not helped by missing some of pre-season work, but is getting better and better under Eddie.
Like many players looked off the pace under groves, no doubt not helped by missing some of pre-season work, but is getting better and better under Eddie. AFCBade

8:42am Wed 14 Nov 12

lionheart says...

All players need goals in life to perform and hopefully the prospect of playing International football will be a further carrot for Josh to maintain that consistency.

With Harry Arter's resurgence I can also see Don Givens being back to watch him for the Republic of Ireland.
All players need goals in life to perform and hopefully the prospect of playing International football will be a further carrot for Josh to maintain that consistency. With Harry Arter's resurgence I can also see Don Givens being back to watch him for the Republic of Ireland. lionheart

1:55pm Wed 14 Nov 12

smhinto says...

Dear Mr Nonnogepetto
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I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I stupidly believed that your trip abroad was for leisure purposes.
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Whatever, the situation is with your brother I do hope the situation will improve.
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My Apologies.
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Kindest Regards

P.S. I still believe that my last post regarding Mr Tubbs does carry some validity.
Dear Mr Nonnogepetto . I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I stupidly believed that your trip abroad was for leisure purposes. . Whatever, the situation is with your brother I do hope the situation will improve. . My Apologies. . Kindest Regards P.S. I still believe that my last post regarding Mr Tubbs does carry some validity. smhinto

3:35pm Wed 14 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

smhinto wrote:
Dear Mr Nonnogepetto
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I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I stupidly believed that your trip abroad was for leisure purposes.
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Whatever, the situation is with your brother I do hope the situation will improve.
.
My Apologies.
.
Kindest Regards

P.S. I still believe that my last post regarding Mr Tubbs does carry some validity.
My dear friend I accept your apologies and wish you well.

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I think someone said before that football is all about opinions and differing views, at the end of the day as far as I am concerned all I want is for whoever plays is to play well and win us games.

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Whilst I may not be a football expert I do enjoy watching good football regardless of who is playing, and of course AFCB is at the top of that list. I leave the horse trading to those who run the club and I will tell them when they make mistakes as well as when they make the right choice as they did by bringing Eddie Howe back.

Thank you for acknowlidging my post. UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Dear Mr Nonnogepetto . I am so sorry to hear about your brother. I stupidly believed that your trip abroad was for leisure purposes. . Whatever, the situation is with your brother I do hope the situation will improve. . My Apologies. . Kindest Regards P.S. I still believe that my last post regarding Mr Tubbs does carry some validity.[/p][/quote]My dear friend I accept your apologies and wish you well. . I think someone said before that football is all about opinions and differing views, at the end of the day as far as I am concerned all I want is for whoever plays is to play well and win us games. . Whilst I may not be a football expert I do enjoy watching good football regardless of who is playing, and of course AFCB is at the top of that list. I leave the horse trading to those who run the club and I will tell them when they make mistakes as well as when they make the right choice as they did by bringing Eddie Howe back. Thank you for acknowlidging my post. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto

4:01pm Wed 14 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

If Josh wants to play for Northern Ireland again he needs to start banging those goals in for us like he did a couple of years ago! He's getting better with every game under Eddie & Jason and he's my tip for top scorer this season.
UTCIAD!
If Josh wants to play for Northern Ireland again he needs to start banging those goals in for us like he did a couple of years ago! He's getting better with every game under Eddie & Jason and he's my tip for top scorer this season. UTCIAD! The Renegade Master

7:46pm Wed 14 Nov 12

bibocherry says...

We all like to banter a bit on here but credit where it is due Smhinto has apologised to Nonno if he has offended. Goes a long way in my estimation. Kind regards to you both.
We all like to banter a bit on here but credit where it is due Smhinto has apologised to Nonno if he has offended. Goes a long way in my estimation. Kind regards to you both. bibocherry

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