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Hoolahan craves call to play in Serbia tie

WES HOOLAHAN believes Lionel Messi couldn't have saved Euro 2012 for Ireland, let alone him.

The Norwich star didn't get much of a look-in under Giovanni Trapattoni and believes there was little he could have done differently against the might of Spain and Italy.

"It was unfortunate because Ireland were in a group of death. We were up against some very difficult teams with quality players and it was always going to be tough," he said.

"I wasn't there watching the matches thinking I could have made a difference because, to be honest, I don't think it would have mattered if I or Messi was in that Ireland team given the sides we were up against."

Calls for Hoolahan and his Canaries team-mate Anthony Pilkington to be given a chance in the green jersey have been plentiful and the former Shelbourne star is hoping to get a chance in Ireland's August friendly against Serbia on August 15.

"There's a friendly in August and it would be nice to get a call-up and be involved in that," he added.


"Maybe it will happen, you never know, because I feel I've been playing well over the last couple of years. I think I've done well. Obviously last year was my first in the Premier League but I felt comfortable at that level. It was a big step up but I adapted okay.

"I need to prove myself again at club level this season and it would be nice to get a chance at international level.

"People say there will be changes after the European Championships and maybe that can give players like me a chance, even if I'm not the youngest."

Hoolohan has a new boss at club level with Chris Hughton coming in to replace Aston Villa-bound Paul Lambert and the Dubliner is expecting a positive response at Carrow Road. "Paul Lambert was good for my career but I wasn't worried when he left," he said.

"Sometimes it's good when a new man comes in."