The 27-year-old West Ham defender has just five senior caps to his name with a combination of injuries and former Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni's decision to ignore him for long periods having limited his involvement.
He said: "Look, I was injured for a couple of years really and the manager had come in and maybe had his players and had his ideas of a team, so when I came back and I was playing, he wasn't really putting me in the squads.
"But that time has gone now. It's a new manager, so it's just looking forward and hopefully I can feature somehow in the next two games."
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