Would Roy Hodgson really bring Stephen Ireland to Anfield?
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Villa outcast Stephen Ireland is ready to end his international exile as he seeks a January move to Merseyside.
The midfielder, who was an £8m makeweight in James Milner¹s big money move to Eastlands, is desperate to end his Villa misery.
Villa boss, Gerard Houllier, will listen to offers for the 24-year-old as he looks to rebuild a Villa side lying four points above the relegation zone.
Ireland retired from international football in 2007 after falsely claiming his grandmother had died.
He claimed he would not return to the international team but after being frozen out at Villa, he looks to have changed his mind.
Giovanni Trapattoni has tried to tempt him out of retirement previously and Ireland told friends: “I am seriously thinking of calling Trap in the next few weeks and hopefully can work my way back into his plans.
“If I can¹t get a move in January then I need to look at the summer and playing for Ireland will at least put me in the shop window.”
The midfielder watched the 2-1 win over local rivals West Brom from the stands after failing to make the Villa squad and will be available for around £4m as Houllier looks to bolster his struggling squad. (Daily Mirror)
Does Stephen Ireland’s logic seem flawed to anyone else?
The midfielder turned his back on his country in 2007 but now can’t get a game for his club so hopes to achieve first team football with his country in order to secure a move to a club that may not even want him.
Ireland’s stock is at the lowest of his career – a far cry from when he won the Manchester City player of the year in 2008-2009.
Let’s analyse this step by step.
Stephen Ireland said he would not play for his country again after a controversial incident in 2007 when the press was told both his grandmas had died to cover up for his girlfriend’s miscarriage. He just wanted to leave the squad to be with her, which is natural, but to this day no one can understand why he didn’t tell the truth.
He has repeatedly refused an international call up since then, and even if he was in impressive club form it is not even certain he would be called up with such questionable commitment to his country’s cause.
Furthermore, surely now he can’t get first team football for Aston Villa he would not warrant a call up in the first place.
He has long been linked with a move to Liverpool, but given that his form has been so terrible, would they even want him?
It is a bizarre story that will only be answered in January.
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