Stoke City midfielder Marc Wilson has admitted that he is disappointed not to have earned more caps for Ireland, but is determined to do well now that he is in the squad for the upcoming fixtures against Kazakhstan and Oman.
The versatile 25-year-old, who can play in a number of positions, has just one senior cap, which came during the Carling Nations Cup against Wales.
“I am a little bit disappointed, being honest. I thought I would have got the chance to play more often earlier, the first time I came in," Wilson told the Irish Times. "But it just never happened for me.
“I think, deep down, that did upset me a little bit. But I’m here now and I want to do well for them – hopefully I’ll get my chance. I think there are going to be more opportunities.
Reportedly, Wilson was at the centre of a case of mistaken identity, with Giovanni Trapattoni wrongfully shunning the midfielder, but the Potters player says that everything has since been cleared up.
"At the time I didn’t speak to him, no," Wilson said. "But afterwards, we cleared it all up and now everything’s fine.”
When it emerged that Wilson was experiencing problems within the Republic of Ireland set up, the IFA was said to have made approaches to the midfielder about returning to Windsor Park, but Wilson said he had 'no intentions' of switching.
“That didn’t change my mind in the least," he said. "I had no intentions (of going back to Northern Ireland); I was going to play for the Republic or no one, and that was it.”