Wednesday 22 November 2017

No progress for Pennant

Jermaine Pennant says there has been no progress with regard to his claim that he is eligible to play international football for Ireland, writes Daniel McDonnell.

The Stoke midfielder floated the suggestion earlier this year, stating that his family background includes an Irish grandparent.

However, he managed to ruffle a couple of feathers in the Irish camp by indicating that it was a fall-back option due to his inability to break into Fabio Capello's plans.

Capello was present at Saturday's FA Cup final and, afterwards, Pennant was quizzed on whether he was hoping to break into the Italian's plans.

After delivering a diplomatic enough answer which merely stated that he would like to "get some recognition," Pennant was asked by the Irish Independent if there had been any progress with his Irish claims.

"Nothing's come of it yet," he replied, grinning. "I don't know. Obviously I've got some Irish family..."

Has there been any contact with the FAI? "I don't know," he replied, again with a smile.

"Maybe there has, with agents and what have you, but not directly to me."

Pennant was one of Stoke's better players on Saturday, yet a source of disappointment was his set-piece delivery which failed to really test the Manchester City rearguard.

Nevertheless, after a chequered couple of years, the right winger now believes that he is in the form of his life.

"I feel very confident," he stressed. "It's what you get when you are playing regularly. You've got the manager's backing. It's all come together."

What comes next is anybody's guess.

Irish Independent

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