Ireland mulls Republic return

Stephen Ireland has revealed that he would consider making himself available to the next Republic of Ireland manager.

Last Updated: 15/09/13 at 11:52 Post Comment

Stephen Ireland: Happy to discuss international return

Stephen Ireland: Happy to discuss international return

The 27-year-old is attempting to revive his career during a loan spell with Stoke this season having fallen down the pecking order under Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

He has not featured for the Republic of Ireland since he lied about the death of both of his grandmothers after pulling out of the squad for a European Championship qualifier in the Czech Republic six years ago.

Giovanni Trapattoni, appointed the following year, attempted to bring him back into the fold but talks proved unsuccessful and Ireland later branded the Italian as "arrogant".

But after Trapattoni was sacked last week following the World Cup qualifying defeat in Austria, Ireland would be happy to discuss a possible return with the new coach - with Martin O'Neill currently the firm favourite.

He said: "I think I would like to get together and have a chat and try to put everything on the table, put across ideas and just have a good general chat.

"If nothing comes out of it, nothing comes out of it, but I think it would be nice just to have a chat.

"First and foremost it is just Stoke City on my mind. I need to get 10, 15, 20 games under my belt first and see how I go with that. Then maybe I might get in a position where Ireland want me to play and we could have a further conversation.

"Right now, all that is on my mind is Stoke, getting fit and getting 90 minutes under my belt and getting as many games as possible.

"It was my decision to leave Ireland and it's probably going to be my decision to go back if the manager asks, whoever they appoint.

"But first and foremost it's about my club and we'll have a conversation further down the line if they ever want me to go back. It all depends who the new manager is. It's a long time away yet, I think."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o is Jordan Ibe overqualified for this list or what? To be honest I was expecting to see his name, I thought he'd fit in perfectly. Maybe his name is too familiar? Because otherwise this list should be made for him. You could actually just insert his name & stats into the middle paragraph about Brandt and it would describe Ibe.

redkev
F365's Top Ten Breakthrough Stars Of 2015/16

T

hats not mind games, its just being an a**hole

nicos
Mourinho goads rival Wenger

W

hat a wonderful compliment - that Wenger has been able to raise more funds for players running a football club than Jose's patron has in running the economy of a small country. I guess it shows there are different kinds of success.

wheresmyhair77
Mourinho goads rival Wenger

Footer 365

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho goads Arsene Wenger

Jose Mourinho has started mind games ahead of the new season by heaping praise on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard was better than Cristiano Ronaldo last season

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Eden Hazard performed better than Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

Sampdoria ask Liverpool for Mario Balotelli 'discount'

Sampdoria have admitted their interest in Italian striker Mario Balotelli, but have asked Liverpool to lower their £7.1m asking price.

Mail Box

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

Friendlies: Still Completely Meaningless

There is sharp message for anyone thinking about getting excited about friendlies, plus worries about Wayne Rooney. Every one of you has met a bloody footballer...

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