Villa's Scott Hogan set to declare for Ireland

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 16, 2017

Despite his declaration, Hogan is likely not to play any part in Ireland's next two World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Georgia next month as he's yet to secure a passport.

Scott Hogan has finally made a decision to play worldwide football for the Republic of Ireland after face to face talks with Martin O'Neill.

The game against Moldova at the Aviva on October 6 could be the ideal game for him to make his debut.

But O'Neill has indicated he would consider the 24-year-old if the formalities were completed in time after successful talks with the player who joined Villa from Brentford last January in a deal that could eventually be worth £15m.

At that juncture, the Salford native appeared to be holding out for a possible England call, but O'Neill is satisfied that the delay was not caused by Hogan himself.

Hogan and O'Neill have held further talks recently though in which the Ireland manager was able to convince the player that his worldwide future lied with Ireland. "I want the players to have a genuine enthusiasm for playing for the Republic of Ireland because I don't want to lose that. I think you'd want to see that there's a genuine feeling that 'I want to come, I want to play, I want to try and make the grade at global level and play for us". That's all the encouragement I want.

"Scott is very enthusiastic about doing it. There's no point in me going into that detail but it certainly wasn't from the player".

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