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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Forde still has focus on Ireland call-up

HE HAS gone from the Premier League to England's third tier in the space of two years - but Ireland Under 21 cap Anthony Forde hopes that his form with club Walsall could lead to an international call-up.

The Limerick player made his Premier League debut for Wolves against Chelsea and made seven top-flight appearances for Wolves that season.

But as the club slid down the divisions his form dipped, and last summer Wolves allowed the winger leave, joining Walsall.

Team-mates from the Irish Under 21 squad like Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick and Shane Duffy have gone on to win senior caps and Forde, still only 20, is eyeing the same route.

"I'm just going to try to play as well as I can for Walsall every week and hopefully, I will get seen at some stage and get a call-up," says Forde, who has compatriot LIam Kinsella - son of former Ireland man Mark Kinsella - as a team-mate with the Saddlers.

"You have to play games to be seen and I had to play games to progress as a player for the sake of my own career.

"And that wasn't happening when I was at Wolves so it was my decision to leave and I think it was a great decision to move here.

BRILLIANT

"I'm enjoying every minute of it so far, it's been brilliant, I'm loving it. It's nice to be getting first-team football, getting games and hopefully we will do well now."

Meanwhile, Ireland goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is delighted with his return of clean sheets with Sheffield Wednesday.

The 29-year-old managed his third clean sheet of the season in the Owls' weekend draw with Bolton and Westwood hopes there are more on the way

"Experience helps because the more you do something, the better you get at it," he says.

"And if you ask any goalkeeper, I'm sure he would rather have a quiet game because that means more often than not your team will come out winners."

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