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'I'd like Republic of Ireland chance'

4 March 2014

Having impressed with his form this season, City goalkeeper Joe Murphy hopes for a call from Martin O'Neill...

Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has revealed he hopes to be considered for a return to international football with the Republic of Ireland.

The 32-year old has enjoyed an impressive season with the Sky Blues, playing every game throughout the 2013/14 League One season.

Murphy has had limited involvement with the Republic of Ireland national side but a recent change in management could see the City keeper brought into the national fold.

With the Republic of Ireland set to play Serbia on Wednesday night, Murphy admits he hasn't gave up hope of a call-up from Martin O’Neill.

The City keeper said: “I wouldn't say I was happy when Giovanni Trappatoni left but I did think maybe a door might have opened.

“Steve Ogrizovic knows the goalkeeping coach within the national set-up so I've kept telling him to put a good word in for me.

“I'm not in this squad. I did see Rob Elliot from Newcastle pulled out but I didn't get a phone call. David Forde is a few years older than me and he has done really well.”

The Irish keeper has made over 123 appearances for the club since signing at City on a free transfer from Scunthorpe United in June 2011.

Having played consistently for the Sky Blues, Murphy believes he has improved as a goalkeeper.

He continued: “If it comes, it comes. I’d be delighted to have another go at it as it is the highest standard of football you can play at.

“For me, as a goalkeeper, I only missed around 15 games in the last six or seven years which shows I'm match-ready.

“It’ll be great to be considered. I've got two caps and I last played when I was at West Brom so it was a long time ago.

“I believe I've got better since then and added a lot of experience to my game which is probably the most important aspect of a goalkeeper’s game.”  

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