Stoke utility Wilson won't return to Northern Ireland

Stoke City utility Marc Wilson has ruled out reverting to Northern Ireland for new coach Michael O'Neill.

Stoke City utility Marc Wilson has ruled out reverting to Northern Ireland for new coach Michael O'Neill.

Wilson is yet to make a competitive debut for Giovanni Trapattoni's side despite being selected for several squads.

He said: "I have always seen myself as a Republic of Ireland player.

"I supported them when I was growing up and if I have to continue to bide my time and wait for my chance to come along, I am happy to do that.

"The players and the gaffer have done a great job there, so I can't complain about it really.

"I would love to play for them, though, one day and I have made that clear before a number of times. Hopefully, my time will come in the future."

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