Scott Hogan looks set to come into Ireland fold

Annette Crawford
September 26, 2017

I'm all on for chasing people but I need to see someone feeling 'I want to come, I want to play, I want to try and make the grade at worldwide level and play for us.

Hogan fills the gap left by the absence of Burnley forward Jonathan Walters who is ruled out by a knee injury.

Manager Martin O'Neill was in Dublin to announce his provisional panel ahead of the final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers - at home to Moldova on 6 October before a potentially enormous showdown with Wales in Cardiff three days later.

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English-born Hogan, 25, has been linked with the Republic for some time and has now officially declared for the Irish. He made the move to Villa Park in the January transfer window for a fee reported to be around £15 million.

The former's passport issues have been resolved and he is now free join the squad, and while he is yet to score in the Championship this season, he comes in with a growing reputation.

"Speaking to the Times, the Manchester-born player said: "(Ireland) have some good strikers, but I was on their radar before the injury.

The Aston Villa striker has been named in O'Neill's provisional 32-man panel, along with Millwall's former Under-21 global Aiden O'Brien.

Martin O'Neill also addressed concerns for goalkeeper Kieren Westwood and Harry Arter, who are both carrying injuries, though are included in the squad.

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