Stokes keen on Republic return
Anthony Stokes has expressed his desire to feature in the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off game against Estonia.
By Matthew Skinns
Last Updated: 27/10/11 3:36pm
Celtic's Anthony Stokes hopes to be recalled to the Republic of Ireland squad ahead of their Euro 2012 play-off game against Estonia in November.
West Brom striker Shane Long is unlikely to feature after suffering a knee injury while Robbie Keane is also doubtful and Kevin Doyle misses the tie through suspension.
Stokes upset Coach Giovanni Trapattoni after withdrawing from the squad for the Carling Nations Cup against Northern Ireland and Scotland earlier this year.
However, after scoring in Celtic's 4-1 Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final victory over Hibernian on Wednesday night, the forward revealed he would love to return to the Republic squad.
"Honestly, I would love to be back in the international set-up, but there is nothing I can do if I don't get there," said Stokes.
"I am playing reasonably well at the moment and I am happy with my performances.
"I still want to improve but if I get the call it would be great. If not I will just focus on my club football."
The Dubliner moved to defend his summer absence, insisting he went through the proper channels, commenting: "I think there was a misunderstanding the last time.
"I only had three weeks off (in the summer) and I pulled out of the squad.
"But the way I did it was the way I was told. I went through the club, they spoke to the FAI from what I was told and I thought that was the way it was meant to be.
"I don't know if it got lost in translation with Trapattoni but he selects the team and all I can do is my best on the pitch and if the call-up comes it comes.
"I would love to be in any squad, it is such a big game for the country but we will see what happens."