Daryl Murphy has not given up on playing for the Republic of Ireland again
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Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy has not given up on playing for the Republic of Ireland again.
The 30-year-old said earlier this week that he is in the form of his life and backed that up on Wednesday with an impressive man-of-the-match display in the 1-1 home draw with Charlton.
The last of the Waterford-born front man’s eight international caps came in May 2008, but the Emerald Isle’s new management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane could come calling – especially as the latter is a big fan of Murphy’s, having had him at both Sunderland and Ipswich.
“If they want to come and watch me play and I’m doing well, let’s see what happens,” said Murphy, who has already scored seven goals this season and looks set to surpass the 10 he got in the 2006/07 season when Sunderland were promoted to the Premier League.
“At the moment my main focus is on Ipswich. If anything happens beyond that then it would be a bonus.
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“Of course it would be nice if it happened. I’ve made no secret of that fact I’d love to play for my country again, but whether I get picked or not is another thing.
“Roy (Keane) has said nice things about me in the past, but there are still a lot of quality players out there who have not be given their chance for Ireland.
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“They’ve got players in there who have been in there for years too. It’s a tough ask, but if I keep playing well and Ipswich keep doing well then you never know.”