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West Ham utility O'Brien happy with Ireland recall

West Ham United utility Joey O'Brien is delighted to be back in the Republic of Ireland squad.

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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