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Celtic's Stokes eyeing ROI return after Trapattoni exit

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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