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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wes Hoolahan’s hopes of adding to his one Republic of Ireland cap under current national team boss Giovanni Trapattoni look more remote than ever after Chelsea’s Conor Clifford was given a surprise call-up for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Germany.
The Norwich City forward has been consistently overlooked by the Italian since making his one full international appearance against Colombia at Craven Cottage in 2008, and was not included in the squad for the Euro 2012 finals.
Clifford, 21, who was on loan at League One club Portsmouth earlier in the season and has played only at that level, was added to Trapattoni’s squad as midfield cover ahead of the Group C game in Dublin and the trip to the Faroe Islands next week.
“We decided on Clifford because it is the second time he has come with us,” the Republic’s assistant manager, Marco Tardelli, said after training yesterday. “I saw him some times and for me he is a very good player.”
Asked if the 30-year-old Hoolahan had been considered, Tardelli replied: “We look to the future and Clifford is the future.”