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Thursday 22 June 2017

Henderson frustrated over Ireland shut-out

The Republic of Ireland's David Forde, Darren Randolph, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh and Stephen Henderson after the Euro 2016 Qualifier play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Republic of Ireland's David Forde, Darren Randolph, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh and Stephen Henderson after the Euro 2016 Qualifier play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stephen Henderson says he's deeply frustrated with the lack of opportunities at international level which have reduced him to the status of "10th-ranked keeper" with Ireland.

Henderson (28) has starred for a Forest side who have moved away from the Championship relegation zone and has been a Championship regular for four of the last five seasons - but he is out of favour with Ireland.

Keepers from League One, the Scottish Championship and the League of Ireland have been called up in this World Cup campaign and Henderson is keen to know why he's out in the cold.

"It's frustrating and it makes me think: is there something more to it? I try not to dig too deep or I'd just end up pulling my hair out," he says. "Seamus McDonagh never rated me when I was at Villa and we do have a sticky past. It has been difficult but I am still here, playing at a high level and you need that to spur you on, maybe that has made me the man I am today.

"With the setbacks I have had with Ireland, that dream of playing for my country, is getting more and more distant for me."

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