According to the Daily Mail, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is ready to give Aston Villa forward Scott Hogan his chance on the international stage during the next set of World Cup Qualifiers in October.
Hogan had been struggling with recovery from a knee injury at Aston Villa and with his return to first-team football, it appears that a way into the Republic of Ireland’s national team could be on its way.
Hogan qualifies to play for the Republic of Ireland through his Grandparents and has supposedly said to Martin O’Neill that he wants to feature for the country of his Grandparents on an international stage.
The £12 million rated forward moved to Villa Park in January and supposedly met with O’Neill over the course of the summer in order to get an Irish passport ready and prepared for the Republic of Ireland’s final qualifiers.
The Republic of Ireland are desperate to bring a goalscoring striker into the frame after two frustrating games during the last International break which saw them pick up a 1-1 draw with Georgia and lose at home to Serbia in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aleksander Kolarov.
Hogan will be hoping to feature regularly for Villa during the next month and if he can do so, he’ll certainly push forward a claim to be part of the Republic of Ireland’s squad.
With Villa facing a game against Hogan’s former club, Brentford this weekend, it would be a great place for the striker to start to create a claim to be part of O’Neill’s International team.