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WILL ON IRELAND HOPES

8 January 2020

"It's about getting my opportunity here and taking it. If I do that, then it gives me an outside chance "

Will Keane says he has to play games and score goals first if he has any chance of breaking into the Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2020 Play-Off against Slovakia in March.

The striker bagged his fifth goal of the season for Blues in last week’s leasing.com Trophy defeat at Exeter and considers himself back to full fitness after surgery last summer.

Will, twin brother of Everton and England defender, Michael, has pledged his allegiance to the Republic and considers himself an outside chance for a call-up at the moment.

“I am qualified to play for Ireland now but I’ve not had any contact so far,” the 26-year-old told the Club website.

“I’ve not played that many games though this season. I need to play regularly and score goals.  I feel fit now though and it’s about getting my opportunity here and taking it. If I do that, then it gives me an outside chance for Ireland.

“The Play-Offs are in March so we will get a feel for the squad around that time for the Euros if Ireland get through. Judgey [Alan Judge] is involved and I talk to him about it but we will see. Like I said, I need to get a run of games here first to give myself any chance.

“It would be a great honour though to play for Ireland. I’d love the opportunity to play international football.”


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