Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ireland v Turkey

Sunday, 25 May 2014, 18:00

International Match

Aviva Stadium

Last Game

Rep Ireland 1 - 2 Serbia

Wednesday, 05 March 2014, 19:45

International Match

Long looking to offer more

Shane Long has earned a regular role with Republic of Ireland and admits he now needs to 'step up' and nail it down.

Last Updated: 24/03/13 at 16:12 Post Comment

Shane Long: Hoping to help fire Republic of Ireland to the 2014 World Cup

Shane Long: Hoping to help fire Republic of Ireland to the 2014 World Cup

The West Brom striker has struggled to convince bosses at international level that he is capable of leading the line, with many of his appearances having come off the bench.

He has, however, earned the trust of Giovanni Trapattoni and currently finds himself ahead of Kevin Doyle, Andy Keogh, Simon Cox and Conor Sammon in the attacking pecking order.

Long is aware that he now needs to justify his manager's faith and help fire Ireland to the 2014 World Cup.

The West Bromwich Albion striker said: "I do feel now it's time I stepped up.

"The thing is, we have great competition for strikers in the squad. There are the likes of Jonny Walters, Andy Keogh and Conor Sammon.

"Kevin Doyle didn't even get in the squad, which shows the depth we have. And that fighting for places is good for the squad.

"I got the nod against Sweden and it's up to me now to keep that starting position and that's what I intend to do."

Confidence

Long is confident that Ireland can reach Brazil 2014, with a goalless draw in Sweden on Friday having kept them in the hunt for a play-off spot.

Ahead of a crucial home date with Austria on Tuesday, Long added: "It was not easy to go to Sweden and get a point, but we are happy with our performance. We will go into Tuesday night full of confidence.

"It's a massive game. Austria will be on a high after beating the Faroe Islands, it's going to be a tough game. We're under no illusions but I think we need to be winning those games to qualify for the play-offs.

"Nobody expected us to top the group. Germany were always going to be favourites and Friday's draw can be a turning point in the group for us.

"Hopefully we can go on and get the three points against Austria and really take a big step towards the play-offs."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property