James McCarthy has been called up to the Republic of Ireland national squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales, despite not having played a single minute for Everton this season through injury.

Martin O’Neill and Ronald Koeman have repeatedly been at loggerheads over McCarthy’s involvement in the national team since the Dutchman took over at Goodison Park, with this representing the fifth time the 26-year old midfielder has been selected without being 100% fit.

McCarthy, who has 41 international caps, hasn’t been included in any Everton match day squads this season on account of two separate injuries; first a knee injury, followed by a hamstring issue.

Since Koeman took over the Goodison Park hot seat from Roberto Martínez, the Dutchman has overseen 53 games in all compeititions – only 13 of which, have included James McCarthy.