'I would like to think I have a chance' - Former Manchester United striker Keane declares interest in Ireland
Former Manchester United striker Will Keane has declared his interest to play for Ireland.
Speaking to the the Irish edition of the Times, the 24-year-old spoke positively about the possibility of a call up from Martin O'Neill, despite representing England at underage level.
The 24-year-old Hull star qualifies for Ireland through his Dublin-born father and has been cited as a potential target previously by O'Neill, who recently persuaded Villa's Scott Hogan to declare for the Boys In Green.
"They have some good strikers, but I was on their radar before the injury. I am an outside bet but if I can get back scoring goals I would like to think I have a chance," said Keane.
It is every player’s dream to play in the World Cup. Ireland are doing well in their group so they might make it. If I ended up playing in a World Cup, all this hard work would be worthwhile."
O’Neill said: "I saw him play last season for Hull, down at Bournemouth. I’ve since met his brother, who works in the agency business and he said exactly the same thing.
"The lad has been injured. I’ll definitely have a look at it when he’s fit. It's nice to hear that he definitely wants to play for us but I haven't seen enough of him to make my mind up.
"That particular day Hull were well beaten and he was isolated up front and that's the only time I’ve seen him play live."