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Hull's Gerrard is going green again

ANTHONY Gerrard -- cousin of Liverpool star Steven -- could be in line for an Ireland career after he managed to "find" an Irish granny.

The 25-year-old has impressed in the Hull City side in the Championship this season and last month he touted himself for an Ireland call-up.

That caused some confusion in Irish soccer circles as the player had already played for Ireland at underage level but it was later claimed that he was ineligible. In April 2004, Gerrard -- then an Everton player -- won four Ireland U18 caps in a tournament played in Portugal, alongside future senior caps such as Joey O'Brien and Andy Keogh, but Gerrard then claimed that he was ineligible.

"It is very disappointing. I've been told I'm not eligible to play for Ireland because the documentation to do with my nan can't be found," said Gerrard at the time.

But the player and his family have done a trawl through the paperwork and have passed documentation on to the FAI in the hope that the Hull man can get a call-up from Giovanni Trapattoni.

He could make the squad for Ireland's games next month. Trapattoni is due in Ireland next Wednesday to name his squad for a busy end-of-season schedule which sees the Republic play Northern Ireland (May 24) and Scotland (May 29) before the Euro 2012 qualifier in Macedonia (June 4).


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