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Richard Stearman eyes Republic Of Ireland call-up

PUBLISHED: 17:49 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:50 04 February 2013

Richard Stearman

Richard Stearman

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RICHARD Stearman could be close to being in contention for a Republic of Ireland call-up, despite being born in Wolverhampton.

The 24-year-old Wolves loan defender is eligible through his mother’s family and, providing clearance arrives in time, could be in Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad for the qualifiers in Sweden and at home to Austria, at the end of next month

Should he represent the Republic as an Ipswich player, Stearman will follow the likes of Dermot Curtis, Matt Holland, Damien Delaney and Kevin O’Callaghan who went before him.

“It’s in the process at the moment, I am gaining a passport and citizenship and hopefully that will be not far around the corner,” said former England Under-21 star, Stearman.

“All my family on my mother’s side are Irish and I am looking to get on the international scene.”

Meanwhile, Stearman has welcomed the chance to move to Portman Road and is prepared to fit in either at right-back or centre-half, between now and the end of the season.

“Towards the latter stages of my career, maybe I would like to nail down a position in the centre of defence but, I am adept at both,” he said.

“At the minute, I am happy to be out there playing in whatever position I am needed for Ipswich Town.”

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  • The other players were ITFC players were as RC is a wolves player so he is not following other town players really. He did look good on Sat and hopefully he can perform like that week in week out and again hopefully we will sign him at the end of the season then you can print this article on a town player. Still hope Hewitt gets his chance as well possibly as sub in second half of games next month.

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    finchk702

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It’s been a relief somewhat to not have to worry about the thought of an Ipswich game over the weekend and for someone that really dislikes a blank weekend because on an international break, it’s an indication of how bad things are right now.

It’s been a dismal season for Ipswich Town fans and it could yet get worse.

Ipswich may have broken out of their run of straight draws – but a 3-1 defeat isn’t really much to shout about.

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith has told a newspaper in New Zealand that he is 100% committed to playing for the national team, ahead of the All Whites’ World Cup qualifiers against Fiji.

With eight games to go, Ipswich Town are still not safe from relegation to League One, following a tough season in the Championship, and lost 3-1 at Cardiff City at the weekend.

Mick McCarthy says his managerial record is the reason for his longevity at Portman Road, not owner Marcus Evans’ perceived patience with his managers.

Ipswich Town will not be backtracking on their decision to raise the price of season tickets, despite a huge outcry from supporters.

Loan duo Dominic Samuel and Jonny Williams made timely injury comebacks last night as a strong Ipswich Town Under-23 side drew 1-1 with Crewe at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town have suffered a double injury blow with the news that forward duo David McGoldrick and Tom Lawrence have had to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland and Wales squads respectively.

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