Reports this morning suggest that Stephen Ireland is ready to return to the international soccer scene with the Republic of Ireland.
The Manchester City midfielder’s father, Michael, claims his son wants to make himself available to Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni for action in 2009.
The City star, who has been in superb form for his club so far this season, decided not to make himself available for international football after the controversy surrounding his withdrawal from the squad in September of last year.
Talking to the Irish Daily Star on Sunday, his father said: “The country needs him, he’s a good player and he’ll go back in his own time. He’s just focusing on his family right now and Man City. He’s keeping his head down, but he’ll be back hopefully next year.”
While fans would welcome the return of the talented midfielder, they will expect 1005 commitment and any future “antics” would see him out of favour very quickly.