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'It would be nice to get a call up' - Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan is hoping to impress Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
Canaries midfielder believes that he may get his chance to impress the Boys in Green coach in the August friendly against Serbia and says that he has a few years left in him yetNorwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has indicated his desire to be involved with the Ireland national team and said that he would like a chance to show manager Giovanni Trapattoni that he can contribute.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, Hoolahan, whose only cap came against Colombia in 2008, said that he would like to be involved in the upcoming friendly against Serbia.
“There’s a friendly in August and it would be nice to get a call-up and be involved in that," he said.
"Maybe it will happen, you never know, because I feel I’ve been playing well over the last couple of years. I think I’ve done well.
"Obviously last year was my first in the Premier League but I felt comfortable at that level. It was a big step-up but I adapted OK."
He added: “I need to prove myself again at club level this season but it would be nice to get a chance at international level."
However, the former Shelbourne midfielder admits that his age may prove to be an impediment to a call up but believes that he is nevertheless fit and capable.
“I’m not going to say it’s now or never. I am 30 and you don’t know how long you can play on for but I feel good and at the moment I feel like I can play on for a good few years at the top."
He continued: “And you’d like to think that if you’re playing well on a consistent basis in the Premier League that you would get a chance with your country."
The 30-year-old suggested that the talk of post-Euro 2012 changes means that he may be in with a chance of a call up.
“People say there will be changes after the European Championships," said Hoolahan. "And maybe that can give players like me a chance, even if I’m not the youngest.”
Ireland went out of Euro 2012 at the group stage after failing to pick up a point and the attacking midfielder says that Ireland were unlucky, adding that not even Barcelona's Lionel Messi could have helped the Boys in Green against such opposition as Spain, Italy and Croatia.
“It was unfortunate because Ireland were in a group of death," he said. "We were up against some very difficult teams with quality players and it was always going to be tough.
"The lads had a hard time out there but they did well just to qualify for the European Championships in the first place."
He added: “I wasn’t sitting there watching the matches thinking I could make a difference because, to be honest, I don’t think it would have mattered if I or [Lionel] Messi was in that Ireland team given the sides we were up against.
“Spain won the tournament, Italy got to the final and Croatia are a good side too so we were always going to be up against it," concluded Hoolahan.
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