Monday 23 April 2018

Bunn admits Ireland call-up would be icing on the cake

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

NORWICH goalkeeper Mark Bunn has repeated his desire to be recognised by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Chris Hughton's deputy netminder shone in Sunday's win over Sunderland in the absence of the injured John Ruddy, and wants to catch the attention of Trapattoni if he gets an extended run in the team.

The 28-year-old Londoner qualifies for Ireland through his father and grandmother and thinks Keiren Westwood's lack of first-team action at the Black Cats could open the door.

"It is one of my aims to try and break into the squad and if the opportunity arose I would definitely be interested in playing for them," said Bunn.

"I think every player wants to play international football and play at the highest level and I am no different.

"I believe the goalkeeping spot with the Republic is up for grabs since Shay Given retired. Keiren Westwood is first-choice at the minute, but he is not playing regularly for Sunderland.

"I now have a run of games in the Norwich team and it is a good time for me to show what I can do and impress."

As it stands, Trapattoni is more concerned with Bunn's club colleague Anthony Pilkington, who has spoken with FAI staff about his situation without fully throwing in his lot behind the Irish cause.

The goalscoring winger was capped by Ireland at U-21 level, but could still play for his native England.

Meanwhile, former Irish international Caleb Folan has signed up for another new adventure after joining the wonderfully named Malaysian Super League side T-Team.

Folan spent time in the MLS with Colorado Rapids last year, and was most recently on the books at Birmingham without making a single first-team appearance.

Irish Independent

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