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Stoke midfielder Ireland yet to hear from Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland is yet to hear from Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill.

Ireland is ready to end his international exile under O'Neill.

"I have had no contact whatsoever from Roy Keane or Martin O'Neill," he revealed to The Sentinel.

"I think they know the stage I am at - hoping to win a contract here at Stoke and are just leaving me to it.

"There is so much at stake for me and my family now.

"My contract expires in the summer and I don't know what is around the corner, or what the next chapter is. I hope it is here at Stoke.

"With Ireland, the future looks good. There are a lot of good, young players who have a good few years left - Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson, James McCarthy, Shane Long.

"On paper it is a really good team, plus Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill has been a genius appointment."

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