GIVE ME A call, Trap -- that's the message today from forgotten man Leon Best.
The Newcastle striker is desperate to end his 20-month international exile and solve Ireland's striker crisis ahead of the Euro 2012 play-off against Estonia.
Giovanni Trapattoni is facing a real headache up front following news from West Brom that they expect Shane Long to be out of action for "up to six weeks".
Best - last capped against Brazil in March of last year - says he's ready to bring his impressive Premier League form with Newcastle (three goals in eight Premier league games) to the international scene.
"I just need a call, my number hasn't changed," Best told the Herald today, the 25-year-old revealing that he's had no contact with Trapattoni or the FAI in 18 months.
"I am ready to come in and play if Ireland need me and if the manager picks me I'll be delighted. I am confident, playing well for a successful team in the best league in the world. That can only help Ireland."
Ireland remain firm favourites to advance past Estonia but Trapattoni is facing a real headache for his striking positions.
He is already certain to be without Kevin Doyle for the first leg in Tallinn due to suspension but there are major doubts over whether Robbie Keane and Long will be fit for either game.
If Keane and Long join Doyle on the 'absent' list, Trap can turn to Simon Cox, Jonathan Walters or Andy Keogh to fill in up front.
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