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Versatile Hammers defender insists that comments made in the past regarding playing for Ireland were taken out of context and stresses that he enjoys playing for the Boys in Green

Republic of Ireland defender Joey O'Brien has said that he loves playing for the Boys in Green after receiving a call-up.

O'Brien, who has two caps for Ireland, was recalled into the Irish squad by Giovanni Trapattoni after a four-year absence when it emerged that Sean St Ledger was ruled out with a knee injury.

"It’s been a long time and I’ve had a few sleepless nights," he told the Irish Examiner. "Comments I made in the past were taken out of context and weren’t what I wanted to say because I love playing for my country."

During the early stages of his career, O’Brien suffered a spate of injuries which saw him eventually drop down divisions and his last top-flight appearance came in October 2008, but O'Brien says that his 'dream' was to play in the English Premier League again.

"Personally, when I got released by Bolton, I was released by a Premier League club, then I got the chance to go to a massive club like West Ham."

"The dream then was to get back to playing Premier League football," added the defender.

"Through all my injury worries, it was all about getting back to playing in the Premier League so hopefully I’ll get that chance."