Ireland ready to play for TrapattoniStephen Ireland Stephen James Ireland (born August 22 1986 in Cobh, Cork, Ireland) is an Irish footballer playing in England for Manchester City. Football career
Stephen Ireland started his football career in Cobh, playing junior football for Cobh Ramblers, a team his father Michael had is ready to end his exile from the Republic of Ireland team. The Manchester City midfielder has not played for his country since he was exposed for an elaborate lie about the deaths of his two grandmothers but he is understood to be willing to return to the squad when Giovanni Trapattoni Giovanni Trapattoni (born March 17, 1939) is an Italian football coach and former player. He is a former coach of the Italian national team, currently in charge with Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. takes charge.
Senior figures at the Football Association of Ireland have been made aware that the midfielder's position has softened and that he will make himself available when Trapattoni names his squad for a friendly against Serbia on May 24.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, the City manager, has spoken at length with Ireland about the matter and Richard Dunne Richard Dunne (born September 21 1979 in Dublin) is an Irish footballer, who currently plays in the English Premier League as a defender for Manchester City. He is nicknamed "Dunney Monster" because of his size (and therefore resemblance to the character who promotes Sugar Puffs). has also been encouraging his team-mate to resume his international career.
Eriksson now intends to talk to Trapattoni to let it be known that Ireland seems to have overcome some of the personal difficulties that troubled him earlier in the season.
"I am willing to do anything I can to help to convince Stephen that it is the right decision," said Eriksson. "I really hope he will go back because otherwise I think there will be a day when he regrets it. He is a fine player and he deserves to be playing for his country."
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Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill, OBE, (born March 1 1952 in Kilrea, Northern Ireland) is a former Northern Ireland national football team captain who has previously managed Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City and Celtic and is currently believes the Aston Villa striker John Carew
"Some of the games John has felt he hasn't been effective and then you listen to the opposition managers and they say to me he has been a handful all afternoon," said O'Neill, who takes sixth-placed Villa to Reading tomorrow. "But if he plays like he did in the second half against Newcastle, he's unstoppable. He's got the ability and I think, if he can get that consistency also, there's no reason to stop him from being one of the best centre-forwards in Europe."
Carew's arrival from Lyon further restricted Luke Moore's opportunities, with the striker joining West Bromwich West Bromwich (brŭm`ĭj, –ĭch, brŏm`wĭch), city (1991 pop. 146,386), Sandwell metropolitan district, W central England. Albion on loan this week in a deal that will see Villa receive £3.5m when it becomes permanent in the summer.
Moore's departure means O'Neill has sold four graduates of the youth team since he took over 18 months ago - Gary Cahill Gary James Cahill (born December 19, 1985 in Sheffield, England) is an English footballer who currently plays for Sheffield United as a defender, on loan from Aston Villa. , Liam Ridgewell Liam Matthew Ridgewell (born July 21, 1984 in London) is an English footballer and defender for Birmingham City.
Ridgewell was part of the Aston Villa team who won the FA Youth Cup final in May 2002 against Everton, but did so having transferred from West Ham United in and Steven Davis For people with a similar name, see .
Steven Davis (born January 1, 1985 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish international football player who currently plays for Fulham as a midfielder. have also moved on - although O'Neill insists he had no desire to sanction any of the moves.
"There's not been a player here who I would have wanted to push out of the door. There is a stage players reach where they feel if they are not going to play regularly they want to play regularly somewhere else. All four felt they were Premiership players. Players are going to be unhappy but we have raised £15m. Most of the players have sell-on clauses. If one of those players became worth £10m or £15m and Villa got some benefit out of it, then great."