Kevin Doyle's commitment to the Ireland cause is a breath of fresh air
Kevin Doyle has confirmed to Independent.ie that he will fly to Dublin on Tuesday to link up with the Republic of Ireland squad, despite his success in leading Colorado Rapids into the latter stages of the MLS Play-offs.
Doyle scored in Colorado’s penalty shoot out win against Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard’s LA Galaxy side on Sunday, as helped to seal their place in the Western Conference Championship match later this month.
That appeared to leave Doyle in a difficult position after he was named in Martin O’Neill’s squad for the crunch World Cup qualifier in Austria next Saturday, but the veteran striker is relishing the chance to continue his international career.
“We don’t play here again for two weeks, so I will get into Dublin on Tuesday morning and I’m looking forward to linking up with the Ireland squad,” Doyle told Independent.ie.
“I have always said that I will be available to play for Ireland for as long as I am needed. I love playing for my country and have always seen it as the ultimate honour.”
Doyle could have a crucial role to play in Ireland’s plans for the trip to Vienna, with Shane Long’s absence through injury depleting O’Neill’s attacking options for the Group D fixture.
Ireland head into the game after an encouraging start to their World Cup qualifying push, with the seven points they have collected from their first three matches leaving them in position to challenge for top spot in the group heading into the winter break.
Doyle may be a useful substitute for O’Neill to call on if Ireland are chasing the game late on, with the 33-year-old’s commitment to the cause unwavering despite the exhaustive travelling time he has to overcome as he makes his way from Colorado to Dublin.