Canaries ace still hoping for Trapattoni nod
Published 17:10 04/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Wes Hoolahan refuses to give up on his dream of making the Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad.
The Norwich midfielder has impressed in the Barclays Premier League, but as yet the 29-year-old as not been included in Giovanni Trapattoni's plans ahead of the summer showpiece in Poland and Ukraine.
Hoolahan, whose only cap came against Colombia at Craven Cottage in 2008 when playing for Blackpool, intends to finish the campaign on a high and force himself into the final reckoning.
He said: "It's simple really, I just hope that if I keep playing for Norwich, and playing well, the call-up might come.
"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."