Wednesday 22 November 2017

Gerrard to declare for Irish

A cousin of Liverpool star Steven Gerrard could be on the verge of a call-up to the Irish senior squad, writes Daniel McDonnell.

Hull City's Anthony Gerrard, who qualifies through the grandparent rule, has previously declared his intention to catch the eye of Giovanni Trapattoni.

Gerrard, who represented Ireland at U-18 level before drifting away from the picture, is on loan at Hull from Cardiff, and the central defender has shone for the Tigers this season, with a host of clubs lining up for his signature.

Reports in England yesterday said Gerrard had passed on documentation to the FAI to make him eligible for selection.

However, while it's understood there has been contact, Abbotstown officials are still waiting for the paperwork.

The 25-year-old recently scooped Hull's player of the season award.

He is among a growing number of English-born players who are keen to play international football for Ireland.

Trapattoni has a shortage of defenders at his disposal and some of the potential recruits specialise in that position.

Indeed, Gerrard might have to wait a while for recognition, with the Irish manager confirming earlier this year that Nottingham Forest's Luke Chambers and Wolves' Richard Stearman were on the radar.

Highly-regarded Norwich City full-back Marc Tierney has also stressed his desire to come into the reckoning.

Trapattoni is in Athlone next week to name his squad for the Carling Cup ties with Northern Ireland and Scotland in May, and the crunch June 4 Euro 2012 qualifier with Macedonia.

He also wants to organise a tour after the Macedonian game to look at new options, with a planned trip to the US now an outside bet due to slow negotiations. Instead, a trip to Europe seems a more likely scenario.

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