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Potters utility man has moved to quash suggestions that he was not committed to the Boys in Green and says that the team must now look ahead to the next qualifier against Germany

Stoke City midfielder Marc Wilson has said that playing international football 'means a lot' to him, despite suggestions that the 25-year-old Antrim man lacked commitment to the Republic of Ireland.

The former Portsmouth player had just one cap for the Boys in Green prior to the game against Oman and he revealed that he was suffering from the same bug that ruled Paul McShane out of the team but was determined to play regardless.

"There was never a question of my commitment to the national team," Wilson told the Evening Herald. "If I am fit and ready to play then I will be here and ready for duty, but it was important for me to play the other night just to show what I can do.

"I have enjoyed the whole experience of being away with the squad, we got on well as a group, but on a personal level it was important for me to get in and play and show what I am capable of. At my age I need to establish myself in the manager's thoughts."

Wilson managed to play just 45 minutes in the 4-1 victory, something he says was 'planned' by Giovanni Trapattoni prior to the game, but overall, he was 'happy' with the result.

"It was a good result for the team and a lot of players will be very happy with how they did individually," he said. "It was a nice confidence-booster to get the win and score four goals, it will be good for morale within the camp."

However, Wilson says that the team must now look ahead to the crucial qualifier against Germany in October, which will be central to the team's hopes of qualification for the World Cup.

"Now we move on and look to the next round of the qualifiers," he said. "We have Germany at home next month and that's bound to be a very tough game for us.

"But if we can get a result against them we'll have a great chance of qualifying," concluded Wilson.

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