'Scott Hogan will come play for us...I honestly don’t think he is holding out for an offer from England'
Potential Ireland recruit Scott Hogan is not holding out for an England call-up and will declare for Martin O’Neill’s side, according to the striker’s club-mate Alan Judge.
With a worrying shortage of strikers available, the FAI are very keen to land Hogan, who has scored an impressive eight goals in 15 games for Brentford this season.
O’Neill had already hoped to call up the 24-year-old but the player backed off, asking for more time to decide.
That delay fed into fears of Hogan opting for England but fellow Brentford man Judge, currently battling his way back from a broken leg, says that’s not the case.
“I honestly don’t think he is holding out for an offer from England or anyone else, it is genuinely a case where he had two seasons out with injury and he has to look after himself,.
“I think he will come and play for us, he’s not stalling for a better offer, he has the right to take his time after two years of hell with injury. He’s played every minute of every game for us this season so he sees the international breaks as a chance to recover. If he does come and play for Ireland, he will be worth waiting for. He’s a good striker, quick and strong and he’s a natural goalscorer,” says Dubliner Judge.