Stoke defender Wilson targets Brazil date

Stoke City defender Marc Wilson is eyeing the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Brazil.

Stoke City defender Marc Wilson is eyeing the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Brazil.

The 25-year-old left-back expects to be available for Stoke's game at Fulham next Saturday after four months out with a broken leg.

Wilson, who has three senior caps, said: "I need to get myself playing for Stoke first and foremost before I can even consider being selected for Ireland.

"Giovanni Trapattoni has texted me a few times to ask how I am getting on and said he hasn't forgotten me.

"That was good to hear, so if I can get myself right here hopefully I can get myself back in the international team."

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