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The former Shelbourne midfielder has been a mainstay in Martin O'Neill's Ireland team and is eagerly anticipating September's qualification games

Wes Hoolahan says that he cannot wait for the beginning of the Republic of Ireland's qualification campaign for Euro 2016.

Following a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica in Philadelphia, the Boys in Green are nearing the end of their summer friendly schedule in the United States which will conclude with a final exhibition game against Portugal at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

Martin O'Neill's team will commence their bid to qualify for the European Championship in September when they take on Georgia in Tblisi, and the Norwich CIty midfielder is excited by the prospect of competitive qualifying games.

"I can't wait for the qualifiers to get going," Hoolahan told the Irish Sun. "The friendlies are a different kettle of fish but when you go into the competitive games you are raring to go.

"You want to do well and hopefully we can qualify for the Euros."

Hoolahan has featured in all of Martin O'Neill's six games in charge of Ireland and the 32-year-old expressed satisfaction at being involved.

"I don't mind where I play, anywhere really," said the former Shelbourne midfielder. "Once I am in the starting XI or coming off the bench and making a difference that's the main thing.

Meanwhile, Hoolahan's club situation remains shrouded in doubt and the Dublin native is pessimistic about his future at Carrow Road, suggesting that he will not receive an extension to his current deal.

He said: "I have only a year left on my contract and under the last manager I didn't play many games. I was training with the Under-21s and stuff like that so I don't know what the future holds really.

"It doesn't look like they will be offering me a new contract."