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Joe Murphy still hoping for Republic of Ireland chance.

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Coventry City goalkeeper Joe Murphy has spoken of his desire to force his way back into The Republic of Ireland set-up for the Euro 2016 Qualifiers.

Murphy, who has two previous caps for The Republic of Ireland, was speaking to the official club website following a string of impressive displays in League One this season.

The 32-year old has feature in all of City’s League One games this season, making a number of crucial saves and is hoping his form will catch the eye of new Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil.

“I wouldn’t say I was happy when Giovanni Trappatoni left but I did think maybe a door might have opened.

“Steve Ogrizovic knows the goalkeeping coach within the national set-up so I’ve kept telling him to put a good word in for me.

“I’m not in this squad. I did see Rob Elliot from Newcastle pulled out but I didn’t get a phone call. David Forde is a few years older than me and he has done really well.

“If it comes, it comes. I’d be delighted to have another go at it as it is the highest standard of football you can play at.

“For me, as a goalkeeper, I only missed around 15 games in the last six or seven years which shows I’m match-ready.

“It’ll be great to be considered. I’ve got two caps and I last played when I was at West Brom so it was a long time ago.

“I believe I’ve got better since then and added a lot of experience to my game which is probably the most important aspect of a goalkeeper’s game.”

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