Saturday 24 March 2018

I will get goals -- Rooney

Neil Ahern

HE HAS been banging in the goals in the Scottish Premier League and Adam Rooney is now hoping he can bring his scoring touch to the Ireland U-21 side after returning to the international set-up following a two-year absence.

Wim Koevermans steps in as temporary manager tonight for Noel King, who is in Trinidad and Tobago for the Women's U-17 World Cup, as Ireland take on Switzerland in a European Championship qualifier in Lugano (7.0 Irish time).

It is a meaningless game for Ireland, who lie at the bottom of Group Two. However, Rooney has a lot to prove on the international stage after scoring four goals in his first five games for Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

"I'm delighted to be back with the U-21s. It's been a few years since I was in the squad, so I'm glad to be back," admitted the Dubliner, who began his career in Britain at Stoke City.

"Unfortunately, these will be my last two matches, because I will be over-age for the next campaign, so hopefully I get a chance to play and it will be great to line out for Ireland again.

"Playing games and scoring goals gives you confidence, so I'm going into the season in confident form," he said of his hopes for the SPL season ahead.

"I've got four goals already this season, so I'm happy with my return so far.

"Having got four goals so far, I'd definitely hope to be in double figures again by Christmas and, hopefully, I can score as many this season as I did last season."

Irish Independent

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