Rooney Will Wait For Ireland Call

Giovanni Trappatoni`s refusal to select Adam Rooney will not hinder the strikers progress , although he admits his wish is to one day pull on the famous green shirt. 

Former Cherry Orchard protégé Rooney, who now plies his trade with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League, was overlooked by the Italian for the upcoming Carling Nations Cup opener against Wales.

 However despite this setback, Rooney insists his motives remain unchanged. “I’d love to play for my country, every footballer would” he says. 

“If Mr Trappatoni or one of his scouts have seen me, then I hope it was on a day I played well or got a goal” beamed Rooney who has so far bagged 14 goals this season for his club. 

“It would be brilliant to train and maybe even play with those lads. To wear the green shirt would be so special for me and my family” said Rooney, whose contract at Inverness is up this summer.

The race for his signature is hotting up with Hibernian, Young Boys of Berne and Russian side Kuban Krasnodar among his many suitors. However the Irishman remains fully focused on helping Caley up the table. 

“I was originally due for a loan spell here when Tony Pulis took over at Stoke. However I was invited on a pre season trip with Caley and done enough to convince them to sign me permanently”. 

“After one season of settling in I’ve been scoring goals regularly” said Rooney who moved across the Irish Sea at the tender age of 17, setting up home in the Potteries. 

Rooney’s goals were crucial as Terry Butcher’s men went through 2010 without losing a single game at home. 

Speaking of the run Rooney added “The run lasted for over 13 months before St Johnstone beat us at the start of this year. We went to Parkhead and Ibrox and managed to remain unbeaten, it was pretty impressive but it had to end somewhere along the line”. 

Rooney’s decision to join the Highlanders surprised many people. Here was a player who had bagged a hat trick as an 18 year old in only his second match for Stoke City, but opted for the football backwater that is the Scottish highlands.

 But flame haired Rooney doesn’t regret his decision to re-locate. “We have a gang of lads here who work hard and play hard together. The city itself is lovely, the people are very friendly and there’s always good fun to be found. I’ve a nice house here and things are going well all around” smiled Rooney.            

The 22 year old certainly seems like one for the future but there is no reason why Trappatoni should exclude a player who has played more and scored more than most of his strikers out of his squad. Irregardless of the standard of the SPL, Rooney deserves a chance to prove his worth on the international stage.

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