Currie fine with call-ups
PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 September 2015
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Dagenham & Redbridge coach does not think team will be affected by players leaving for international duty
Dagenham & Redbridge first-team coach Darren Currie is confident the team can cope without the players who have been selected for international duty over the next week.
Andre Boucaud, Jack Connors and Niko Hämäläinen have all been called up by their respective countries and will miss the trip to Northampton Town on Saturday.
With three players missing due to international call-ups, Daggers are well within their rights to ask to postpone the game.
The match, though, is set to go ahead and Currie believes the team’s chances of success at Sixfields will not be hurt too badly.
“Andre’s captain for a reason. He’s one of our leaders, he’s a leader in the changing room and out on the pitch,” he said.
“He demands highly from people. Someone who plays a key role for us who’s going to be missing is obviously a loss to us, but this is what happens.
“Likewise, Jack and Niko, it’s great for them to get this international recognition, but it leaves us in a situation. But they’ve been called up and rightly so.”
Hämäläinen and Connors have only started one match between them this season and have struggled to get game time for Daggers this season.
Currie hopes the duo can get minutes under their belts for their countries over the next week, believing it will help their case when they return to the club.
He added: “They’ll get minutes, I’m sure of that. They are talented players and they are on the fringes of things at the minute.
“We’ve kept the same team barring Matt McClure against Stevenage and rightly so because of the effort and performance level at Wycombe.
“These young boys will get their opportunity, they’re talented players and ones we’ve got full faith in. Their time will come and they have to be ready when it does.”