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ABERDEEN star Adam Rooney hopes that his form in the SPL with Aberdeen could open to the door to an international career.
The Dubliner scored a hat-trick for the Dons in a League Cup win on Tuesday, making it 10 goals from 11 games this season. Now 26, the former Stoke, Birmingham and Swindon player has been off the radar with the national team for some time, won the last of his nine U21 caps against Turkey back in 2010. He played regularly at underage level with current senior stars like Seamus Coleman, Robbie Brady, Anthony Stokes and Stephen Quinn.
And while he knows that getting a call-up to the senior squad is a long way away, he still harbours ambitions with Ireland, once he keeps delivering for the Dons.
"It would obviously be great to be involved with the national team but it's more important to perform for your club first," says Rooney.
"You need to do as well as you can, if you're a striker it's scoring goals or a winger setting them up, and if it gets you recognised at international level that is a nice bonus.
"It depends on what the manager thinks. Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane will have their own ideas on players and it's up to them. We just have to keep our focus on doing well here."
Last year, his Dons team-mate Willo Flood was touted as a possible recruit to the senior squad after Roy Keane made a scouting mission to see the Dons in action and while Flood has yet to get promoted to the senior panel, Rooney has not given up hope of joining ex-team mates like Coleman in O'Neill's squad in the near future.