Celtic striker Anthony Stokes says he is hoping to force his way back into the Republic of Ireland national team now that Giovanni Trapattoni has been overthrown.

The 25-year old striker has been in the international football wilderness since May 2011 with the Italian always overlooking him for Ireland call-ups after he withdrew from a squad due to exhaustion.

But now that the Football Association of Ireland and Trapattoni agreed to end his contract, Stokes is looking for a reprieve.

"I hope so. I have said since I have been left out the squads that I would love to be back in," he said.

"It's not down to me. I would love to be involved in the set-up but I am just concentrating on my club football and hopefully when a new manager comes in and I am still performing well, maybe I will get my opportunity."

He added: "Hopefully, whoever comes in can turn that around, it might be a good thing."

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