Date: 2nd November 2016 at 4:23pm
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Fresh on the heels of his super strike which was virtually the last kick of the game against bottom club Rotherham United, David McGoldrick has been called up to the provisional Republic of Ireland squad set to face Austria in Vienna on the 12th November.

Provisional is the key word here because when Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane trim the squad down to size, then don’t be surprised if our man is no longer in the mix.

McGoldrick has played four times for the Irish but has so far failed to score but let’s not forget, it took former blue Daryl Murphy more than twenty international appearances before he broke his duck so there is still plenty of time!

Christophe Berra has been included in the Scottish squad for their make-or-break qualifying game against England but the 31 year old, who has already been capped 33 times for the Scots, may well have to bench warm if their first choice defenders are available to play which seems likely.

Wales also have some Town representatives in their ranks and both Jonny Williams and Tom Lawrence have been included in their squad when they confront Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday 12th November but once again, it is unlikely they will start – unless injuries cause manager Chris Coleman to reshuffle his pack but he will be pleased to welcome back Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey thus limiting their chances of any action I suspect.

On another topic, I see that Liverpool have not lost interest in young Andre Dozzell – even though the player recently signed a two year deal with Town when he turned professional back in May.

The fact that he does well most weeks even to find the bench, might persuade his father, former Town favourite Jason, to consider this to be a tempting proposition – although he has hinted previously that what his kid needs most of all just now is a good apprenticeship so let us hope that is with the blues.

The lack of goals in the Town squad these days has encouraged both manager Mick McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor to go on one or two spying missions and they were spotted the other night watching West Ham`s Under 23’s in action against West Brom.

The guy they were apparently keeping tabs on was Hammers striker Ashley Fletcher but there is interest from elsewhere, with Leeds United the favourites for his signature.

For the record he scored one and made one so I guess they were suitably impressed.


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich




 

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