Martin O’Neill explains reasons behind recalling Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy for Republic of Ireland clash with Serbia

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Daryl Murphy - Credit: Archant

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has revealed why he decided to recall Daryl Murphy to the Republic of Ireland squad.

As we exclusively revealed on Monday, O’Neill was at Portman Road on Saturday and cast his eye over a number of Town players in their 0-0 draw with Blackpool.

As a result, the former Sunderland boss has also selected new Blues’ loan midfielder, Paul Green, who has 20 caps for Ireland

Waterford-born Murphy has nine eight caps for his country since making his debut against Ecuador seven years ago and has yet to score, but has been in excellent form for Ipswich this season, bagging eight goals.

Murphy’s inclusion comes after LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane was left out to concentrate on his new season in the MLS.

“I thought Murphy played very well. I spoke to Mick who has been happy and if Robbie was not going to be involved, I thought, right, let us get him involved,” said O’Neill.

I have only seen him once, live, but thought he did great (against Blackpool).”

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O’Neill was also watching David McGoldrick with interest, but saw the striker hobble off at the end of the draw with the Tangerines.

“I might revisit the McGoldrick situation once his injury clears,” said O’Neill.

“At this minute he is injured. I cannot transfer players but if at this minute young talent is not there, I can’t pick them.”

Town midfielder Stephen Hunt, another player with international honours for Ireland, has not been selected.

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