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'Ireland's call not on my radar'


Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill

Martin O’Neill

It's eight years since he last played for his country so Cillian Sheridan is being polite when he says he's no longer holding his breath when an Ireland squad is about to be named.

The Cavan-born striker was capped three times by Giovanni Trapattoni in the summer of 2010, when he was on the books at Celtic.

But despite his own success in Europe since then (an ever-present in the Champions League group stages for APOEL Nicosia) and the fact that he could be playing Champions League football next term as his Polish club, Jagiellonia Bialystok, are top of the table, an Ireland summons is not imminent, even though Ireland are in dire need of strikers.

"I can't talk about Ireland too much, if I'm not in the team at club level how can I look to be in the Ireland team?" asks Sheridan, who has lately struggled for game time with Polish table-toppers Jagiellonia.

"I do know we are lacking strikers with the Irish team. But I won't hold my breath. One of the big squads that Martin O'Neill named, he had 40 players in it and joked that the only living Irish player he'd left out was Paul McGrath, and I didn't make that one."