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Wilson: I'd love to go to Poland

IRELAND outcast Marc Wilson says he hasn't given up hope of making it into the Ireland squad for the Euro 2012 finals, even though the Stoke City star has been frozen out by Giovanni Trapattoni.

The 24-year-old is a key player for an in-form Stoke side who take on Tottenham in the Premier League tomorrow.

But he has failed to even make the Irish squad since injury forced him to withdraw from the panel for the friendly with Croatia in August.

Wilson was also one of those criticised for failing to report for Ireland duty for the end-of-season programme last May.

But the Antrim-born player will not give up on his Euro dream.

"I can't give up hope of making the Euros. If I am playing every week, playing well in a good team then I'd like to have a chance, but ultimately it's the manager's decision and I have to respect that," Wilson told the Evening Herald.

"It would mean the world to me to go to Poland with the squad, I would see it as the best achievement of my career without a doubt.

"I have had no contact at all from the FAI, I can't remember the last time there was any contact with them.

"It's disappointing but I just try to concentrate on my football. Playing for Ireland would be a great achievement and I would love to do it, but it's out of my hands.

"All I can do is go out every week, play as well as I can for Stoke City and see where that takes me."