Reading defender Alex Pearce has signaled his intent to play international football for Ireland and admitted it would be a huge moment in his career if he was to represent his adopted country.
Despite being born in England and representing Scotland at youth level, the centre back is eligible to play for Ireland and wore the green in underage sides.
“It would be a dream come true to pull on the Irish jersey. It’s something that I’ve been dreaming about for a while now,” Pearce told the official Reading website.
“My Dad is proud to be Irish, my Grandmother was born in Dublin and that pride has been passed on to me.”
The 23-year-old scored in Reading’s comfortable victory over Bray Wanderers in a friendly clash on Sunday afternoon and the Royals’ academy graduate has expressed his desire to make his mark on the international stage.
“I represented Ireland at under-14 level a while ago, which a lot of people don’t know, so I have an affiliation with the country there too. In the Premier League you get much more media coverage, you’re out in the spotlight more – so if I can stay in the team and do well hopefully the call will come.
“I’m dying for an opportunity to get that first call up and show Mr Trapattoni what I can do.”
Ireland begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign this Friday when they travel to Kazakhstan.