'Hopefully I will be in the back of their minds' - Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark hopes for more Ireland action

The Villa centre back picked up his third cap for the Boys in Green against Greece and is hoping to add to his tally of caps in the coming months
Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark is hoping that he has done enough to persuade Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni that he is a viable option at centre back.

The 23-year-old defender, who has been a regular fixture in the Villa side over the past two seasons, was rewarded with a start in Ireland's 1-0 friendly defeat against Greece on Wednesday November 14 and is optimistic of his chances of remaining in the team.

"Hopefully I will be in the back of their minds," Clark told RTÉ after the game. "There will be a lot of lads coming back from injury and there will be a lot of competition for places in the squad.

He added: "If I can keep playing week in, week out at Aston Villa, that will stand me in good stead."

Clark played alongside Sunderland defender John O'Shea during the game at the Aviva Stadium and he believes that the experience of playing with such an experienced player will benefit him 

"[John O'Shea] is someone I can learn from," said the defender. "The same as Richard Dunne. You just learn from the more experienced lads and hopefully I can take what they do into my game. Hopefully I will improve as a player," he concluded.