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Stoke star eyes Ireland recall

Stephen Ireland is playing regularly during a loan spell at Stoke City and has opened the door to an international recall.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 08:54 Post Comment

Stephen Ireland: Enjoying his football again during loan spell at Stoke

Stephen Ireland: Enjoying his football again during loan spell at Stoke

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The midfielder has spent six years in exile, with a problem of his own making leading to him being frozen out by the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland is, however, hoping that a reversal in fortune at club level will bring him back into the Irish fold.

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have taken the reins of the Ireland national team, offering a clean slate and a fresh start to those at their disposal.

Catching the eye during a season-long stint at Stoke could force Ireland back into the reckoning, with the 27-year-old hoping to put the troubles of his past behind him.

He said: "I've started four games and I want to make sure I start the next 10 or 15, but at the back of my mind is Ireland.

"I would like to get together with Martin or Roy and have a chat.

"Euro qualifying doesn't start until next September and so I have some time to think about that.

"They are two great men who are very determined and have achieved a lot in their own careers.

"Roy Keane is an absolute legend in football and Martin O'Neill has done well wherever he has gone.

"I think the FAI and football in Ireland is going in the right direction because there's a lot of good players."

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