Norwich City star Wes Hoolahan to consider Republic of Ireland future

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan celebrates victory over Switzerland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan celebrates victory over Switzerland. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Wes Hoolahan will consider his international future this summer.

The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland schemer had to wait for what felt an eternity, before making his first competitive start for his country – it was until June 2013 before then-manager Giovanni Trapattoni finally bowed to popular pressure to hand the Norwich City ace a chance to shine.

Hoolahan will now go into tonight's friendly against Slovakia in Dublin with 26 caps. The question now being put to him is what happens the other side of this summer's Euro 2016 finals in France?

'There are a few senior players in the squad and I'm one of them.' Hoolahan told the Irish Sun. 'I will be 34 by the time the Euros are played,… when the next World Cup comes around I am going to be 36. I haven't really thought about whether I'll play on. I'll see how the summer goes and probably make a decision then.'

That question may become easier to answer once Hoolahan knows how Norwich City's Premier League survival battle pans out.

'My contract with Norwich runs until 2017,' he added. 'I love it there, I've been there for eight years. It's not really my decision whether I stay on, so all those things are up in the air.

'I haven't thought about the Euros too much because of the situation we are in at Norwich. We're near the bottom and we have seven massive games to make ourselves safe, and I'm concentrating on that. If I can help us stay up, then I can look forward to the Euros, if I'm picked.'