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Former Manchester United Striker To Declare For Ireland

Former Manchester United Striker To Declare For Ireland

Will Keane is in the process of declaring for Ireland.

Stockport born, Keane - who is currently on loan from Hull at Ipswich - played for England from U16 to U21 level. He was part of the England squad which won the 2010 European U17 Championships.

The 26-year-old is eligible to play for Ireland through his father. His twin brother Michael, an England international, currently plays for Everton. Michael played for Ireland at underage level before switching to England to play U21 football.

The Irish Times reports, as does the Irish Sun, that the FAI has begun the paperwork on Keane's switch of allegiance.

Keane made just three appearances for Man Utd between 2011 and 2016 - a spell which saw him make several loans moves away from Old Trafford.

He joined Hull in 2016 on a three-year deal. In 26 appearances for the club, he has scored just once. That came in a 5-0 win against Burton Albion last season.

Though, in just four appearances for Ipswich since making his temporary move, he has already managed to grab a goal. That was the winner against Rotherham on January 12th.

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Keane is the latest English-born player to be linked with a possible switch to Ireland since Mick McCarthy took over as manager.

Last month, McCarthy said that he intended to speak with Leeds striker Patrick Bamford about playing for Ireland. It was also reported that McCarthy was pursuing the possibility that Southampton winger Nathan Redmond, who has one cap for England, could also declare for Ireland.

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