OWEN GARVAN was delighted his Crystal Palace team-mate Damien Delaney (pictured) got the call this week from Giovanni Trapattoni to report for duty for Ireland's end-of-season programme of games.
Yet Garvan, capped 16 times with the Irish U21s but never at senior level, does not expect his own exile from the international scene to end any time soon.
The midfielder was scouted out by Trapattoni early in the Italian's reign as Garvan, then at Ipswich Town, was named in Trapattoni's first-ever squad and was an unused sub in friendly games against Serbia and Colombia, but he has been unable to follow his old Home Farm team-mate Darren O'Dea into the senior panel since.
"It's great to see Damien in the squad, it's a real reward for him as he's been great for Palace this season, hopefully he can get some game time in the four matches," says Garvan.
"I'm not getting my hopes up about a call-up, even if Palace do go up to the Premier next season. There are players who are in the Premier League and can't get into the Irish squad, the manager seems to have an idea of who and what he wants.
"There's not a lot between the players available but the manager has a core of players that he uses and he wants to keep it that way.
"I was involved early on with the current manager, I went to Portugal for that training camp in 2008 but I haven't featured since then so it's not that likely I will get the call now, but never say never."