Canaries Trio In Line For Ireland Call

Giovanni Trapattoni will continue keep an eye on a trio of Norwich City stars with the Italian set to consider the Canaries stars for the Euro 2012 finals and the 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Wes Hoolahan, Marc Tierney and Anthony Pilkington have all featured prominently for Paul Lambert`s side as they continue to adapt to life in the Premier League.

Hoolahan has been Norwich`s brightest star to date, having taken over the captains armband at the start of the season. The former Shelbourne star has been their main attacking threat, creating a host of chances for their strikers while dictating the play in centre midfield.

Hoolahan has been called into two Ireland squads and most recently featured in 2008 when he came on as a substitute in a friendly with Columbia. Trapattoni hasn’t forgotten the impression the 30 year old has left on him. “I am not surprised by Hoolahan but optimistically surprised and I said this to Marco (Tardelli),” said Trapattoni.

“Now I was pleasantly boosted because I knew he was good technically .He has improved his character, mentality and attitude. I said to Marco maybe we will have him after the qualifiers. We can try things.”

Trapattoni also name dropped Canaries full back Tierney when he was questioned about Kevin Kilbane`s future.

Blackburn born Pilkington has also been impressive in the Canaries rise to date. Pilkington, who was signed in pre-season from Huddersfield Town, has already managed three goals this term while impressing for his ability to create chances.

Pilkington featured for the under 21s in 2008 much to his surprise. The 23 year old was unaware that he was able to play for Ireland until the FAI discovered he had a paternal grandmother from Dublin. He has yet to declare his international allegiance however it is believed he is open to play for Trapattoni`s side.

If the trio continue to perform they may well sneak on the plane to Poland and Ukraine, sure Ireland get past Estonia in the qualifiers.

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