Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

What more can we do for Ireland, asks Brady

Liam Brady has echoed Mark Hughes’s opinion that Stephen Ireland has been Manchester City’s best player this season.

The Cobh midfielder provided a timely reminder of his talents with a brace in his side’s 2-2 draw with Hull on Sunday, but remains voluntarily exiled from international football — much to the frustration of the Irish management.

"Absolutely, I wish there was a resolution," said Ireland assistant Brady.

"I agree with Mark Hughes, he’s been City’s best player this year.

“He’s been doing very well but the situation is as it is and has been for a while.

"Is it on the manager’s agenda? I think you should ask Stephen Ireland what’s on his agenda.

“We’ve been to see the boy, we’ve asked him to come back. What do you want us to do? Go over every week?"

Meanwhile, Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood trained with the Irish squad yesterday after Dean Kiely returned to West Bromwich Albion with a sprained wrist.

Richard Dunne and Shay Given also participated, while the captain for the game will not be confirmed until today’s pre-match press conference but in the absence of Liverpool striker Robbie Keane it is likely to be one of those two players.

Brady confirmed that Hull striker Caleb Folan will feature tomorrow although prior to Keane’s injury, he was certain to start on the bench. Now he has an opportunity.

"I think he intended to start with Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle and then maybe bring the other lads on after that," said Brady.

"After that, it’s a chance for one of them — I’m not sure who it will be but Caleb will feature at some point during the game."