Stokes gets Irish nod
By Tom Flower
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anthony Stokes will make his Republic of Ireland debut against Scotland.
In form Falkirk striker Anthony Stokes will make his Republic of Ireland debut against Scotland next Tuesday.
Irish boss Steve Staunton is expected to play the forward in the B international against Walter Smith's Scotland side at Dalymount Park, Dublin.
Falkirk boss John Hughes is happy to see his players receive international recognition.
Ç£I spoke to Steve and he asked if he could have Anthony over to get a look at him and maybe give him part of the game," he told the Daily Record.
Ç£I'm all for that, I encourage that. I want all my players to represent their countries if they can.Ç¥
The on-loan Arsenal striker has netted 10 goals in his last five games helping the club reach CIS Cup semi-finals.
Hughes also revealed that he expects to know by Monday whether or not Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will extend the loan deal until the end of the season.
Ç£We've been in talks with Arsenal for the last couple of days because we're desperate to extend Anthony's stay.
Ç£He is enjoying his football and playing with a smile on his face but he is their player and if they want to take him back then we have to abide by that.Ç¥
Stokes's current deal runs out on December 31 but everyone concerned with the club wants to see his stay extended.