BIRTHDAY boy David Meyler is praying for a chance to celebrate turning 24 tomorrow by playing a part in Ireland's big friendly international against England at Wembley.
"It's my birthday on the day and it's fantastic that this game against England at Wembley lands on my birthday. I hope I get to play. My family will be there. It doesn't get much better than that," he said with a grin.
Meyler has had a fantastic season and along with Robbie Brady, Paul McShane and late call-up Stephen Quinn, gives Hull a big presence in the Ireland squad.
"The four of us have been together, worked really hard and to achieve what we achieved and to be here in the squad together is great. Stephen enjoyed being out with us today, you could see that."
Meyler realises that only half the work is done at Hull and that the most important thing now is to make sure that he doesn't drop off the radar like many do when the Premier League becomes a reality for promoted teams.
"You can't take your place for granted. Every manager is going to strengthen because he wants to stay up in the Premier League. Every day when you train, you've got to show the manager you want to play every Saturday-Tuesday."
"It's the same here, with Mr Trapattoni, you've got to turn up and impress, to show you're capable of playing."
WILSON NOT WORTH 'RISK'
MARCO Tardelli all but ruled Marc Wilson out of tomorrow's friendly international clash with England at Wembley but expects him to fit to meet the Faroe Islands on June 7.
"I think we will wait until tomorrow but if there are some things it's better not to risk him against England because we need him for the Faroe Islands. We have many options – (John) O'Shea, (Stephen) Kelly and Paul McShane," said Tardelli.
Other than Wilson and Richard Dunne, Tardelli gave the rest of the Ireland squad a clean bill of health and insisted he's more than aware of the importance of the game.
"We know, we know! They know this is the mother of all matches and it's very important for the Irish people and the England people. I hope the atmosphere is the same like the Champions League final."