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O'Neill: I won't be chasing Mark Noble

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23 September 2014; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks to members of the media during a Republic of Ireland press conference. FAI Headquarters, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

23 September 2014; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks to members of the media during a Republic of Ireland press conference. FAI Headquarters, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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23 September 2014; Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaks to members of the media during a Republic of Ireland press conference. FAI Headquarters, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

MARTIN O’NEILL says there is no update on the international situation of Mark Noble and indicated that the next move will have to come from the West Ham midfielder.

Noble [27] is eligible to declare for Ireland and hinted last month that he might consider it, while making it clear that his ultimate preference is to represent England at senior level.

His mixed messages have raised doubt over whether the player has any interest at all and, speaking in Abbotstown this morning after naming his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with Gibraltar and Germany, O’Neill stressed that he won’t be running after the former England U21 skipper.

“I haven’t spoken to Mark Noble,” said O’Neill. “I won’t be chasing him. I mentioned the last time, that I saw where he was talking on some TV programme where he was obviously disappointed not getting England squad.

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Mark Noble opened the scoring in West Ham's win over Hull and has called on the club's fans to get behind the team

Mark Noble opened the scoring in West Ham's win over Hull and has called on the club's fans to get behind the team

Mark Noble opened the scoring in West Ham's win over Hull and has called on the club's fans to get behind the team

“That’s absolutely fine. Mark is a fine player but just to reiterate I wouldn’t be chasing him. Whether he will come to me, I dont know."

O’Neill has named a large 37-man squad for the October 11 encounter with Gibraltar in Dublin and the intimidating October 14 showdown with Germany in Gelsenkirchen.

It will be cut down closer to the time, similar to before the opening Euro 2016 qualifer with Georgia, with the 62-year-old acknowledging that it is an extremely long list. “I think the only player from the last 30 years who isn’t in there is Paul McGrath,” he quipped.”

Over a fortnight before the Georgia encounter, O’Neill revealed an initial 36 man panel and the only changes are that Joey O’Brien is out with injury, while Shay Given is selected from the start - he was a late addition the last time - and Paul Green comes back after returning to fitness.

A more realistic addition to his panel over the next six months is Ipswich striker David McGoldrick who has impressed the Derryman.

“There’s a genuine connection. We’re chasing that up at the minute. I watched him last night on TV [v Reading]. He’s definitely got ability and is one of those of players I think over the next few months and certainly the next year that will certainly come to the fore.”

O’Neill has named five goalkeepers in his original party with Given joining David Forde, Keiren Westwood, Darren Randolph and Rob Elliot.

Forde started in Tbilisi, but the manager stopped short of declaring the Galwegian as his number one.

“David has done fine,” he said, “But don’t read too much into every situation. There wouldn’t be too many players in our side that would be absolutely certain to play every time.

“Shay Given came back, an issue was made of that, but he was never guaranteed playing in the side. The problems for him are obvious because he doesn’t play regularly for Aston Villa.”

Republic of Ireland: David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood, (Sheffield Wednesday), Darren Randolph (Birmingham), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Richard Keogh (Derby), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Seamus Coleman (Everton), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce, Stephen Kelly (both Reading), Paul McShane (Hull), Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace), Shane Duffy, James McCarthy (both Everton), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), Darron Gibson (Everton), Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest), Paul Green (Rotheram), Aiden McGeady (Everton), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), James McClean (Wigan), Robbie Brady, Stephen Quinn, David Meyler (all Hull), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Robbie Keane (Los Angeles Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Jon Walters (Stoke), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Anthony Stokes (Celtic), Simon Cox (Reading), Conor Sammon (Ipswich).

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