Jonathan Walters' club future was up in the air last week with a possible move to Norwich being mooted before the close of the transfer window.
The uncertainty meant that Walters was unable to join up with Martin O'Neill's squad as scheduled. This also led to conjecture that the player's mind might not be fully focussed on Irish objectives.
In an interview broadcast before Ireland's crunch game with Georgia on Monday night, Walters told RTÉ's Tony O'Donoghue that such matters 'don't mean anything' when contrast with the plight of Syrian refugees.
There's been a lot of talk about it. People say 'players' heads are all over the shop' and things like that.
To put things in perspective, we play football for a living and we're very fortunate to do so. You look at the media stories that have been dominating the headlines this week and a three-year-old boy with his five-year-old brother both lost their lives trying to get a better life in Greece.
I'm very, very fortunate to do what I do for a living. I know that, so, I was late coming over and when you put that into perspective, it doesn't mean anything.
An admirable attitude I'm sure we can all agree.
Walters also proved himself to be a hero on the pitch for Ireland on Monday night, knocking in the winner against Georgia after some super work by Jeff Hendrick.