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Ciaran Clark confirms allegiance to Ireland

20 October 2010 7,631 views No Comment Written by Ronan

After previous speculation as well as comments made by Richard Dunne, Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark has publicly declared his intention to play for the Republic of Ireland. Having previously appeared for England at a variety of underage levels, as well as captaining the Three Lions’ under-20s side, Clark is now looking to receive a call from Irish boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

“I played for England at youth level but I didn’t think I was going anywhere in that department”, Clark admitted. “So when a young lad gets an opportunity like I have with Ireland, it’s very hard to turn down.”

Don Givens had scouted the player after finding out about Clark’s Irish ancestry. The player’s mother is from Leitrim originally, and his father’s mother comes from Donegal. Villa teammate Dunne also had a hand in the player converting, tipping off the FAI and Givens in the first place, as well as having a quiet word with the 21-year-old.

“Richard Dunne played a big part in me linking up with the Republic,” said Clark. “He mentioned it to the Irish officials. And then they contacted me and Aston Villa at the start of the season. They gave me time to think about it to make a decision and I think I could be in contention for the next international if all the paperwork has gone through. It’s fingers crossed. I have to keep working hard and hoping that it will happen.”

We may well see Clark in action for Ireland’s senior football team in November’s friendly against Norway, especially if he continues to feature for Aston Villa on a regular basis.

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