Championship winning boss anxious to make 'amends' after opting to play for England in his youth
McDermott, 51, was born in Slough to Irish parents and represented England at youth level during his playing career. After leading the Royals back to the Premier League after a four absence he told the Irish Daily Mail that he would like to make 'amends' for choosing the Three Lions over the boys in green as a teenager.
"I played for England at 17 in a youth tournament but I didn't really know what I felt. I know now, and it is that one day I would like to make amends for that," said McDermott.
He added: "My parents are Irish, my grandparents are Irish, my great-grandparents are Irish. I was born in England: my blood is Irish. That's how I feel. All our street in Slough was Irish."
When pressed if that meant managing Ireland one day he said: "I've got to do my time in club football."
The former Arsenal star is only in his second full-time season as Reading manager as has won praise for securing promotion for the club. Reading will return to the Premier League as Championship winners after going on a run of 15 victories in 17 games.
The Royals' return has been aided in no small part by the club's Irish contingent including Ian Harte, Noel Hunt and Jay Tabb. It's understood that McDermott will reward Harte with a new 12-month contract for the Drogheda born full-back in the wake of the promotion charge.