Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick has outlined his desire to play for the Republic of Ireland national team.
The 26-year-old has netted 13 times in 29 league appearances for the Tractor Boys, and is hopeful his goalscoring form can earn the attention of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill.
Born in Nottingham, McGoldrick was unsure if he was eligible for the Boys in Green due to the fact he was adopted. He explained that he researched his ancestors to uncover a link. "I played with Leon Best for Notts County and Southampton," McGoldrick told the Sun. "He was playing for Ireland and I know people were asking questions about me, but it was complicated.
"I knew there was an Irish link to the McGoldricks, but I had been adopted so I didn't think that counted."
McGoldrick's research found that he also had a blood tie to Ireland as well as through his adoptive parents. "I got in contact with my birth mum a few years ago. She mentioned that her dad was Irish. She died a couple of weeks ago which is sad, but I'd gotten this interest in playing for Ireland."
The former Southampton and Nottingham Forest forward is now working on getting his eligibility papers in order to allow him to play for the Boys in Green. "I'd like to follow it through," McGoldrick said. "I haven't been in contact with anyone in the FAI. I just want to get the paperwork done, it' up to me to prove the link and then I'll make myself available for selection.
"It's up to Martin O'Neill if he wants to pick me, but I'd love it if he did."