Wednesday 18 July 2018

'I've got all the elements of an Irish family' - Scott Hogan delighted to be involved with Martin O'Neill's men

Republic of Ireland's Scott Hogan during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland's Scott Hogan during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Scott Hogan outlined his Irish heritage after he joined up with Martin O'Neill's squad for the first time ahead of our crucial World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Wales.

The Salford-born player qualifies for Ireland through his grandparents on his father's side of the family

After obtaining an Irish passport, the 24-year-old Aston Villa striker now finds himself preparing for two crucial qualifiers that will decide whether or not the Republic of Ireland are heading to Russia next summer.

"I've grown up with my mum's side that is English and my dad's side is Irish. I've got all the elements of an Irish family and all  the traditions as my grandma made sure," he said.

"I've long forgotten a lot of them to be honest. There is a big family back in Carlow.

"It wasn't a difficult decision. Injuries delayed my arrival but I've always wanted to be here."

Hogan joined Villa from Brentford for £15m last January and although he hasn't scored in the Championship this season, he does have three Carabao Cup goals to his name.

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