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Republic of Ireland should come calling for red-hot David McGoldrick, so says Ipswich Town team-mate Stephen Hunt

06:10 03 February 2014

David McGoldrick celebrates scoring from the penalty spot against Bolton on Saturday

David McGoldrick celebrates scoring from the penalty spot against Bolton on Saturday

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The Republic of Ireland should come calling for red-hot Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick.

So says Stephen Hunt – capped 39 times by Ireland himself – after it emerged that Nottingham-born McGoldrick is eligible to play for the Emerald Isle.

McGoldrick revealed to The Irish Sun over the weekend that he has Irish grandparents, the adopted 26-year-old having contacted his birth mother a few years ago to trace his family tree.

He admitted he’d jump at the chance to play international football and that could very well happen after the front man took his goal tally for the season to 15 by scoring the second-half penalty which secured a 1-0 home win over Bolton on Saturday.

That’s already more than the amount scored by Ipswich’s top goalscorer in the previous six seasons, the ex-Southampton and Nottingham Forest man on course to become the first Blues player to net 20 goals in a campaign since Shekfi Kuqi in 2004/05.

“David has been banging them in,” enthused Hunt. “He is definitely something different to what Ireland have right now.

“We have strikers who are good at holding the ball up and he has all that plus he is good at coming into the spaces and scores goals.

“He would do really well for us and I would love to see him in the Ireland squad.

“Having known him for three months or so now I know he has the right attitude and the commitment to play for Ireland.”

Ireland’s new management duo of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have been keeping close tabs on the progress of several Ipswich players; Hunt and Daryl Murphy pushing for recalls to the international scene following lengthy absences, while Kettering-born Luke Chambers has also put himself forward for selection (eligible due to his grandfather being Irish).

McGoldrick, speaking to The Irish Sun, said: “I knew there was an Irish link to the McGoldricks, but I had been adopted so I didn’t think that counted. I was only 17 when I was first asked and I didn’t know my background so I didn’t think I would be able to play for Ireland.

“My adoptive mum treated me as if she was my real mum so I didn’t need another mother. But it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to find out where I came from and I got in contact with my birth mum a few years ago and it went alright.

“She mentioned that her dad was Irish. His surname was Howley and my birth mum’s name was Karen. She died a couple of years ago which is sad but I had gotten this interest to play for Ireland.

“I would like to follow it through. I haven’t been in contact with anyone from the FAI. I just want to get the paperwork done – it is up to me to prove the link and then make myself available for selection.

“My club football is the most important thing but I would love to play for Ireland. With Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane there, as well as a lot of good players, it would be great to be a part of that.”

15 comments

  • Hit a never there bitter one! play means you making a match of it that you couldn't do against cardiff! tick tock your PL days are coming to an end! see you next season. yes we are a championship club. I am typing on my clubs forum not trolling someone else's. your team are poor with how much did you spent? but the released relegated players you cherp on about so much are still in the mix if only if by an outside chance of the play offs

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    Peter Bland

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Sorry clever canary, should have said clever budgie But what's the difference?

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • You have to laugh at how the daft budgie keeps sneaking back here on Monday, trying to pretend that his team, who he might have seen once, haven't just taken another step back towards div 1.

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    tel

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • clever budgie - for how much longer? LOL

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    Mr Grumpy

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Premier League THIS SEASON clever canary !!!

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Sorry clever canary I should have said clever budgie, But what's the difference?

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    Brian Betts

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • i'd rather play Man City and lose than play teams like Yeovil, Barnsley, Bournemouth etc... come on 1p5wich fans, wake up! you are the longest serving club in the championship! Plus your attendances are getting lower by the week... shame on you lot

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    clever budgie

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Budgie disrespectful to to Yeovil, Barnsley and Bournemouth but your wish will come true, you will Lose to Man City. Strange logic wanting to lose rather than win, but that's Narwich for you! Bidwolf take note!

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    threenewknees

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Do the signs round Ipswich'Dont Be A Tosser''refer to you idiots from Norwich ,or wind up merchants working for the EADT.

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    brisie58

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • premier league or championship? LOL!!!

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    clever budgie

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • lol man city at the weekend bitter one! I feel an @ss whooping coming Borwich's way and last week you lost to the bottom team.

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    Peter Bland

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • 15 goals free transfer or £10 million 1 goal LOL.

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    david peters

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Clever Budgie - If all Nob itch supporters feel the same as you, then Carra Rud will be a very happy place this weekend.... UTT

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    Arthur Adnams

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Perhaps New Zealand would be a a better bet I am sure that sitting next to a bloke on a bus who qualifies through having been to school in NZ might be enough. As for 'red hot' is that EADT speak for doing the job he is paid to do some of the time? After all if he had a better than 50% record at penalties he would be even closer to the mythical holy grail. Shefti after all got there without snaffling the penalties.

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    Ray Bidwolf

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I Concur bidwolf... spot on

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    clever budgie

    Monday, February 3, 2014

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