Hoolahan hoping to impress Trapattoni

Simeon Jackson and Andrew Crofts are turning their attentions to international duty tomorrow night after their exploits in yellow and green – but could they soon be joined by a third Norwich City hero?

Wes Hoolahan has scored three goals in his last three games and has at various times this season been described as 'unplayable' by his club manager Paul Lambert.

Now Hoolahan admits it's Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni he needs to impress if he is to show off his talents on the big stage.

The 28-year-old midfielder has played for the Ireland Under-21s and their B side but has been capped just once at senior level – as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win over Colombia at Fulham's Craven Cottage in May, 2008.

He still harbours dreams of a return.

'I haven't played for Ireland for a while, but I managed to get one cap and I'd obviously still like to get more,' said Hoolahan, who bagged two goals against Leicester last week, including a magnificent long-ranger, and scored his second penalty in as many games in the 3-0 win at Bristol City on Saturday.

The Irish are in Slovakia next week, but part one of their European qualifying double is against Russia tomorrow – and Hoolahan is likely to see first hand what's he's up against.

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'I'll probably nip back to Dublin to watch the Russia game as my family live close to the ground,' he said. 'And I'll be doing all I can with Norwich to impress Mr Trapattoni and hope that he notices me.'

If there are obstacles, perhaps one was cleared when Preston winger Keith Treacy made himself unavailable for both matches. Treacy, a left-sided midfielder, has scored five goals for Preston, and was put on standby by Trapattoni – but says he has no intention of reporting as he needs a rest.

'Someone said I'm in the squad, others said I'm on standby but, whatever, I am not going,' he said. 'We have only played nine games but I've been struggling and need the break.'

Trapattoni has already shown his colours when it comes to players failing to report for internationals – Lee Carsley, Andy Reid, Steven Reid, James McCarthy and Marc Wilson have all felt his wrath.

City striker Jackson is in Canada's squad for the friendly against Ukraine in Kiev tomorrow, while Crofts is in the Wales squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier at home to Bulgaria tomorrow and Tuesday's match in Switzerland.