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'I’d love to play for my country again' - Daryl Murphy aiming for Ireland recall

'I’d love to play for my country again' - Daryl Murphy aiming for Ireland recall

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The Ipswich Town striker has not played for the Boys in Green since 2008, but is hoping to impress new manager Martin O'Neill to earn a recall

Ipswich Town forward Daryl Murphy has admitted that he is hopeful of a Republic of Ireland recall, having not played for his country in over five years.

The 30-year-old last featured for the Boys in Green in 2008, but believes that he can merit a place in the squad under new Ireland management team Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane. "If they want to come and watch me play and I’m doing well, let’s see what happens," Murphy told the Ipswich Star.

"At the moment my main focus is on Ipswich. If anything happens beyond that then it would be a bonus. Of course it would be nice if it happened. I’ve made no secret of that fact I’d love to play for my country again, but whether I get picked or not is another thing."

Murphy has played under Keane at both Sunderland and Ipswich Town, and hopes that the Ireland assistant still holds him in high esteem. "Roy has said nice things about me in the past, but there are still a lot of quality players out there who have not be given their chance for Ireland," Murphy said.

"They’ve got players in there who have been in there for years too. It’s a tough ask, but if I keep playing well and Ipswich keep doing well then you never know."

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