Next Game

Gibraltar v Rep Ire

Friday, 04 September 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group D

Aviva Stadium

Last Game

Rep Ire 1 - 1 Scotland

Saturday, 13 June 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group D

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

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Steven Gerrard targeting silverware after meeting LA Galaxy crowd

Steven Gerrard was introduced to the Los Angeles Galaxy crowd on Saturday as he watched his new side beat Toronto FC.

England Women's World Cup run makes Mark Sampson proud

Mark Sampson hailed his “awesome” England side after their win over Germany at the World Cup in Edmonton.

Sepp Blatter claims French and German leaders influenced World Cup voting

Sepp Blatter claims former French and German leaders made "political interventions" to influence World Cup voting.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company