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O'Hara rules out Irish

WOLVES man Jamie O'Hara has ended months of debate about his international future by saying that he has no interest in playing for Ireland, writes AIDAN FITZMAURICE.

The former Spurs man is eligible to play for Ireland through the grandparent rule and he has flirted with the idea of declaring for the Republic -- indeed if Giovanni Trapattoni's men do get past Estonia and qualify for Euro 2012, O'Hara was thought to be one of the first to jump on the bandwagon. But not any more.

"I want to play for England. It's always been my aim to play for England since I was a kid. I've played for England at all levels," he said.

"And it would be unfair to play for Ireland. I love all my Irish family. I speak to them all the time. They would love me to play for Ireland. But it would be unfair on the Irish players."

"To get in the England squad you need to be in a winning team and to score and create goals. I've got that in my game.

"It might raise a few eyebrows too. They might think I was taking a step down because I can't get in the England team.

"I have a massive Irish family on my dad's side. In fact, I'm probably more Irish than English!

"But I'm not sure how it would be taken if I was to go and play for Ireland and I don't want it to become a big deal."