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12 Sep 2013 16:16:54

Stokes targets Republic return

Anthony Stokes hopes to earn a return to Republic of Ireland favour after manager Giovanni Trapattoni's departure.

The Celtic striker was frozen out by the Italian after withdrawing from the squad for the Nations Cup in May 2011, reportedly due to tiredness.

Trapattoni's five-year tenure came to an end by mutual consent after Tuesday's 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Austria, which followed a home defeat by Sweden.

Asked if that could open the door for him to come back and add to his four caps, Stokes, 25, said: "I hope so. I have said since I have been left out the squads that I would love to be back in.

"It's not down to me. I would love to be involved in the set-up but I am just concentrating on my club football and hopefully when a new manager comes in and I am still performing well, maybe I will get my opportunity."

Stokes, who on Thursday revealed he is "getting a little bit closer" to signing a new deal with Celtic, believes Trapattoni had to go.

He said: "I think it was inevitable after the last couple of results.

"The results in the last couple of games have been obviously disappointing for the lads.

"Hopefully, whoever comes in can turn that around, it might be a good thing."


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