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Wes can be Ireland star - Hughton

NORWICH CITY boss - and former Ireland assistant manager - Chris Hughton says he has no doubt about the ability of Canaries star Wes Hoolahan to deliver at international level

Hoolahan ended a four-year wait for his second senior cap on Wednesday night when he came on as a half-time sub in the 1-0 defeat to Greece in Dublin.

He was one of three Norwich players on international duty in midweek, as Steven Whittaker played for Scotland in their win over Luxembourg while keeper John Ruddy was in the England squad for their meeting with Sweden.

But Hughton says he was impressed with his player's contribution for Ireland.

"He is a good age, even for international football. He is not a young one who is going to be fazed by the international game, however big the challenge is going to be; I had no fears that way.

"Any other inclusion from here I know he will do very well," says Hughton, who was Brian Kerr's assistant with the national team from 2003-05.

"I was pleased for Wes. I was flicking the channels between Scotland and the Republic game. I was watching him in phases and we will try to watch the tape over the next couple of days.

"Certainly in the bits I saw he was desperate to get on the ball. He had some nice touches but what perhaps was most important was that he actually played.

"He has got that now under his belt after not being involved for quite some time. It's now up to Wes."


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