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Ex-Man United Striker Declares Desire To Play For Ireland

Ex-Man United Striker Declares Desire To Play For Ireland

With injuries and lack of playing time a real issue for Ireland's strikers these days, Martin O'Neill may be pleased to hear that he may have another option at his disposal in that department.

Hull forward Will Keane, twin brother of Everton's 30 million defender Michael Keane, spoke to The Times about his desire to get Martin O'Neill attention, with a view to making the 2018 World Cup squad should Ireland qualify.

Keane, who has struggled with lengthy injury issues, says he feels like he wasn't too far away from being called up prior to his spell on the sidelines:

They have some good strikers, but I was on their radar before the injury. I am an outside bet but if I can get back scoring goals I would like to think I have a chance.

Interestingly, while Keane's brother Michael represented the Republic of Ireland at U-17 and U-19 level before opting to play for England, Will Keane has played for England from u-16 level all the way up to U-21s.

Keane qualifies to play through his father, who comes from Dublin.

The 24 year old was on Manchester United's books from 2010 until 2016, though he spent the majority of that time on various loans at Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End, before signing permanently for Hull City during the 2016/17 season.

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He says that Ireland's possible appearance at next year's World Cup is serving as huge motivation for him to overcome his injuries and put a good run of first team football together.

It is every player's dream to play in the World Cup. Ireland are doing well in their group so they might make it. If I ended up playing in the World Cup, all this hard work would be worthwhile.

This certainly could be an interesting one for Ireland. Keane is still unproven, though this season at Hull should tell a lot. A quick YouTube search of him throws up many examples like this one of him banging in the goals for Manchester United at various levels.

It's not as if we couldn't do with the help up front at the moment. Of course, many will have the issue at Ireland seemingly being a vessel for the young striker to get himself to a World Cup. It remains to be seen if Martin O'Neill will be interested or how far this goes.

Vincent Whelan

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