Luke Chambers won’t go begging for a Republic of Ireland call-up

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Ipswich Town v Fulham - Portman Road, Ipswich - 9 August 2014
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Sky Bet Championship Ipswich Town v Fulham - Portman Road, Ipswich - 9 August 2014 Ipswich Town's Luke Chambers - Credit: Ashley Pickering

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says he won’t go begging for a Republic of Ireland call-up.

The Kettering-born defender is eligible to play for Martin O’Neill’s side due to the fact his maternal grandfather hails from Limerick.

He successfully applied for an Irish passport while at Nottingham Forest, has made his interest in a call-up public on several occasions throughout his career, but – at the age of 29 – has still heard nothing from the FAI.

“I’ve been qualified for a while and I obviously said about it before, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen now,” he said.

“They are obviously watching us because there’s talk about (David) McGoldrick, (Daryl) Murphy, even (Stephen) Hunty. There’s no talk about me though.

“It’s just something that, if it comes it comes, but I’m not going to go out there begging for it and shouting from the rooftops.

“If they don’t want me involved then there you go.”

Does the lack of contact baffle him? “I’ve been baffled by a lot of things in my career. I think I’ve been good enough to play in the Premier League and I’ve not got there.

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“I might have too high opinion of myself, but in football sometimes people do have opinions that baffle you.

“There are lot of players from the Championship getting in the squad. Maybe it will be better for me playing at centre-back now.

“It would be nice recognition, but I know it might not happen now.”

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