Morgan is adamant England will not take his homeland lightly
Eoin Morgan, the Irishman who will captain England against his homeland this week, does not feel that his adopted country are patronising their neighbours.
England have been criticised for sending a weakened squad to Dublin for today's one-day international against Ireland.
Fast bowler Steven Finn is the only member of the England party to have travelled for the 10,000 sell-out contest at Malahide that featured in the recent Ashes series against Australia.
The presence of Morgan and possible debutant Boyd Rankin – both former Ireland internationals – in the squad is also a strong reminder of the lure England, with their Test status, have over the best Irish players. But Morgan, also a former player at host club Malahide, believes it is unfair to say English cricket does not support the Irish game. He said: "Having played against England in an Ireland shirt I didn't feel that way at all.
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"Having come back here and played Ireland a couple of years ago, I didn't get that feeling. I have been involved in the England set-up since I was very young.
"Even when I was still playing for Ireland I was playing for the south of England Under-17s, Under-19s, the Middlesex Academy and, from there, the Lions.
"They have always been helpful to me. I know Boyd feels the same way."
The match has been labelled as the biggest in Irish cricket history, certainly on home soil, and the public seem to have welcomed it. Morgan insists the England squad's selection has not cheated the fans and he expects a good contest.
Ireland beat England at the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore, India, and the 26-year-old has declared that there will be no complacency this year.
Morgan, who is leading the side in the absence of rested regular skipper Alastair Cook, said: "I think we have brought a strong side, a young and very talented side.
"Given opportunities, hopefully they will show they are world-beaters. It is very exciting for us to come across here and give these guys opportunities to go and flourish in a game like this. We will certainly not take Ireland for granted."
England have left out Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann from their autumn one-day programme while Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root are also sitting out the Ireland game. That offers chances to the likes of Rankin, Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance, James Taylor, Danny Briggs, Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan and Somerset's Devon-born all-rounder Jamie Overton – all relatively unheralded – to make an impression.
For Morgan, the match and the forthcoming Australia one-day series provide a chance to put himself back at the forefront of selectors' minds. Although he has remained a regular fixture in the one-day side, he has not featured in the Test team since February last year and he is keen to force his way back in. He said: "I want to continue to try to break back into the Test team.
"It is just weight of runs and lack of form that has led me to being dropped. I think one-day runs can help."
England will play India in a five-match home Test series next summer.
The two countries have not played each other in a series of such a length in England since 1959. There will also be five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international between the two sides, while England will also play two Tests, five one-day internationals and one Twenty20 against Sri Lanka next year.
Trent Bridge, Lord's, Southampton's Ageas Bowl, Old Trafford and The Oval will host the Tests against India in July and August. They will be preceded by Tests against Sri Lanka at Lord's and Headingley in June.
England, then ranked number one in the world, beat India 4-0 in a home Test series in 2011 and followed up with a 2-1 success over them in Asia last winter. England also beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a three-match series two years ago.