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Murphy insists Trapattoni was too set in his ways

DARYL Murphy believes that Irish players now have an opportunity to work their way into the national team as it's no longer a closed shop for fringe members of the squad.

Murphy, who with seven goals from 13 league games with Ipswich Town is the leading Irish scorer in the Premier League or Championship so far this season, has come out of cold storage at international level and found his Ireland career revived under Martin O'Neill when making his most recent appearance in the Euro 2016 qualifying win over Gibraltar.

The Waterford native made his international debut under Steve Staunton but despite some initial caps under Giovanni Trapattoni he was frozen out and was only recalled when O'Neill got the job.

"The last manager was too set in his ways. He had a team in mind and that team played practically every game," says Murphy, who now has 13 caps.

"No one really got a chance and I think all the lads who were in the squad knew that as well, that when they went away they were going to be on the bench. If they got a chance and did well he might change it but I don't think there was much hope there for a lot of the players and especially me.

"I knew that I wasn't going to play under the previous management, but when the new regime came in I thought there was a chance that if I was playing well for Ipswich they would look at me as an option.


"It's brilliant to be back because as I've said before I didn't think the chance would come again. I thought I just needed to play as well as I could for Ipswich, stay in the team and score goals.

"Thankfully they have come and watched a few games and given me a chance. My priority is to keep doing well for Ipswich and if I do that I'll hopefully stay in the international squad," added Murphy, relishing the November 14th clash with Scotland, where he will face up to club-mate Christophe Berra.

"They have picked up some good results and it's a tight group," he says of the Scots. "We'll just have to wait and see what happens. I've spoken to Christophe a bit about it - he's my room-mate so we've been having a bit of banter over it."