Rob Elliot has played for the Ireland U19 side way back in 2004, and he qualifies to play for Ireland because of his father, whose family is from Cork, and with the announcement today that Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has left his position by mutual consent, maybe there’s chance he will get a call up from the new Ireland National manager, whoever that may be.
Rob Elliot – has International ambitions
Rob has given interviews to the local press today, and this is what he had to say about a possible International call-up:
“I’d love to get a call-up one day.” “I played a lot at youth level. I’ve been slightly disappointed not to get a call-up, but they’ve got three top keepers – and one of them is my best friend in football – Darren Randolph, so I can’t really complain.”
“It’s more of a privilege to get an international call-up. You can’t demand it, so I just have to keep playing well and hopefully I get noticed.” “We have always been cricket England and football Ireland in my family, believe it or not, so it would be fantastic to get an opportunity.”
“I’ll just have to see how it goes.”
And ever since last year’s poor performance in the European Championships 74 year-old veteran manager Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant, Marco Tardelli have been under pressure and it seems last night’s 1-0 loss to Austria forced Iralnd to fire the Italian manager – oh sorry – he left by mutual consent.
This is what the Italian manager had to say today:
“I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their support during our time here which has always meant a lot to us,” “We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect.”
It will be interesting to see who Ireland appoint as their new manager – and whether Newcastle’s Rob Elliot will get a call-up.
David Forde of Milwall was in goal last night in Austria for the Ireland side, and the backup goalkeepers were Sunderland’s Kieren Westwood and Rob’s pal Darren Randoolph of Birmingham City.
The fact that Rob will not be playing regular first team football this season, will likely count against him though.
What do you think?
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