Daryl hopes for Indian summer in Russia 2018
Daryl Murphy says he's still holding out for a chance to play at the World Cup finals, having all but given up on the idea of an international career under Giovanni Trapattoni.
Now 34, the Waterford-born player is the most in-forn striker in Martin O'Neill's squad for the World Cup double header, having scored three goals in his last five games for Nottingham Forest and he could play some role, probably off the bench, in Friday's clash with Moldova.
"I said it to my wife that if I was ever going to go out, it would be on top," Murphy says when asked if Russia 2018 was on his agenda. "But we've got a bit of a job on to make sure that happens."
Having made his senior debut under Steve Staunton in 2007, Murphy is enjoying an Indian summer in international terms as well as a bright-looking club career with Forest.
"I've missed out on a lot of lads with Ireland. Fair play to the gaffer here because he brought me in from nowhere," Murphy explains.
"I was doing well at the time at club level but fair play for bringing me back because if it was under the previous manager I probably would have never played for Ireland again," added Murphy, now better able to deal with the lows.
"If things are not going your way, when I was younger it would play on my mind whereas now I've been in that position and the best way to get over it is keep calm and do what you're good at. That's probably why my international career taken off too," he says, aware of the need for goals.
"I've been getting chances in every game I play and taking most of them but it's up to the manager at the end of the day."