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Hoolahan dreaming of Euro 2012 trip

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan refuses to give up on his dream of making the Ireland Euro 2012 squad.

The 29-year-old has impressed for the Canaries in the Barclays Premier League, but as yet has not been included in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans ahead of the summer showpiece in Poland and Ukraine. Hoolahan, whose only cap came against Colombia in 2008 when playing for Blackpool, intends to force himself into the final reckoning.

"It's simple really, I just hope that if I keep playing for Norwich, and playing well, the call-up might come," Hoolahan said in the Dublin Evening Herald.

"I heard that Trapattoni came to see Norwich against Wolves the other week. I played well and a few of the papers named me as man of the match so maybe he was impressed. I haven't given up hope, you can never stop dreaming.

"Players might pull out, you might have an injury or two and I am realistic enough to know that I would need something like that to happen for me to make the squad. The squad that the manager has at the moment is the one he will pick for the finals, that seems fairly clear, but you can never say never."

Dublin-born Hoolahan started his career at Shelbourne and helped the Canaries win successive promotions back up to the top flight, after his first season ended in relegation from the npower Championship.

"It's probably the best spell I have had in my career, since I went away to Britain at 24 years of age," added Hoolahan, who was recently inducted into the Norwich Hall of Fame. "Playing in the Premier League, playing every week and scoring a few goals, it's been a great season for me on a personal level.

"I have a bit of security here as well, I have two years left on my contract. I am settled here now, I have been here four years and I love it.

"It's the longest I have been at a club since I left Shels, so it's good to be settled.

"I got to captain the team as well and that was a big honour, to captain a team in the Premier League in England."


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