Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan still hoping for Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 call
Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan refuses to give up on his dream of making the Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad.
The 29-year-old has impressed for the Canaries in the Barclays Premier League, but as yet has not been included in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans ahead of the summer showpiece in Poland and Ukraine.
Hoolahan, whose only cap came against Colombia at Craven Cottage in 2008 when playing for Blackpool, intends to finish the campaign on a high and force himself into the final reckoning.
'It's simple really, I just hope that if I keep playing for Norwich, and playing well, the call-up might come,' Hoolahan said in the Dublin Evening Herald.
'I heard that Trapattoni came to see Norwich against Wolves the other week. I played well and a few of the papers named me as man-of-the-match so maybe he was impressed.
'I haven't given up hope, you can never stop dreaming. Players might pull out, you might have an injury or two and I am realistic enough to know that I would need something like that to happen for me to make the squad.
'The squad that the manager has at the moment is the one he will pick for the finals, that seems fairly clear, but you can never say never.'
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Dublin-born Hoolahan started his career at Shelbourne and helped the Canaries win successive promotions back up to the top flight, after his first season ended in relegation from the npower Championship.
'It's probably the best spell I have had in my career, since I went away to Britain at 24 years of age,' added Hoolahan, who was recently inducted into the Norwich Hall of Fame.
'Playing in the Premier League, playing every week and scoring a few goals, it's been a great season for me on a personal level.
'I have a bit of security here as well, I have two years left on my contract. I am settled here now, I have been here four years and I love it. It's the longest I have been at a club since I left Shels, so it's good to be settled.
'I got to captain the team as well and that was a big honour, to captain a team in the Premier League in England.'
Norwich have produced some decent displays as Paul Lambert's men inch closer to top-flight safety.
However, the 2-1 defeat at Fulham was a fourth loss in the last six games.
The Canaries, who are currently on 39 points, face a tough Easter schedule when they will host Everton on Saturday before travelling to third-placed Tottenham, while Manchester City and Liverpool are still to come to Carrow Road.
Hoolahan, though, remains positive.
He said: 'At the start of the season, the aim was to stay in the league and if we'd finished a point above the relegation zone, we'd have been reasonably happy, but now that we have done so well in the Premier League we want to push on and finish in the top half.
'It's a good place to be now, Norwich. The whole club is buzzing, to have done so well in our first year back in the Premier League is amazing and we're only a win or two away from being automatically safe.
'That's still the main aim. We're not safe yet and securing our place in the Premier League is the main aim.
'But we won't stop playing if and when we achieve safety, we'll keep playing until the last game of the season and try to finish as high as we can.'