Thursday 29 September 2016

Red-hot Brentford striker quells expectations of Ireland call-up despite netting 13 goals in 15 games

Tom Rooney

Published 22/09/2016 | 15:38

Brentford's Scott Hogan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Getty Images
Brentford's Scott Hogan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill will announce his squad for Ireland’s forthcoming World Cup qualifying doubleheader tomorrow and one man touted to get a first taste of the senior set-up is Brentford striker Scott Hogan.

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Manchester-born Hogan, who qualifies for Ireland through two of his grandparents, has been in red-hot form for the Championship outfit of late.

The 24-year-old has now fully recovered from two anterior cruciate ligament surgeries, and has has been making up for lost time with the Bees. In fact, since regaining his fitness, Hogan has netted 13 goals in 15 Championship appeaarnces.

Last Saturday, with Martin O’Neill in attendance, Hogan bagged a brace in the 5-0 drubbing of Preston, and took his tally to six goals in eight league appearances this term.

However, Hogan quelled any talk of being in O’Neill’s plans for the clashes with Georgia and Moldova early next month and, instead, claimed to be fully focussed on his day job and remaining healthy.

“I know we don't go back on it but I have been out injured but it's important to be playing as many games for Brentford at the moment,” he said (first reported in getwestlondon.co.uk)

“International honours is a big thing but there's only one place I want to play my football at the minute and that is here.

“They look after me, monitor my fitness and everything. Due to that I've played every minute this season which is some going after what's happened.”

Brentford are currently in sixth spot in the Championship but Hogan is determined to spearhead a promotion push this season so as to test himself against the elite in the near future.

“I want to play Premier League football without a shadow of a doubt. Everybody here wants to do it. If Brentford can get there then brilliant.

“There's a plan in place to get there and to stay there as well. We all want to play Premier League football.

“That's where the headlines are and the glamour of playing big clubs, stadia and games. Everyone wants to play there, with Brentford hopefully,” he explained.

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