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Andy hasn't given up on green shirt

HE'S BEEN out in the cold with the international side for almost a year but Andy Keogh hopes that the door to the Ireland squad is not permanently closed.

A friendly away to Wales last summer was the last time Keogh got the call from Ireland, as he failed to get the nod for the final days of the Trapattoni regime, the interregnum of the Noel King era and the new dawn under Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane.

Still only 27, Keogh has seen older players like Daryl Murphy and Andy Reid, both 31, get a second chance at international level so Keogh, who scored the first goal of the Trapattoni era and has been capped 30 times, won't abandon hope yet.

"The ship hasn't sailed with the Ireland team yet as far as I am concerned," says Keogh, a free agent this summer after ending his spell on loan to Blackpool from Millwall.


"You see Daryl Murphy coming back from the wilderness recently and that's a good omen as Daryl is a couple of years older than me so it can happen.

"I have no control over the Ireland side of things, if I am playing well for a good club at a decent level I'd like to think I have a chance. That might not happen as the current manager might just not fancy me and that's fair enough, it's all about opinions.

"I have been in the game long enough now to know that it's all down to the manager and whether he rates you or not so I won't get upset or worried about it.

"If I don't get picked again I will still be a big fan of the team and if I am selected then there won't be anyone prouder than me to wear that green jersey again.

"I am only 27, if I have a good year at club level next season anything could happen."