Rodgers gets Ireland U-21 call-up
By Roland sheldon
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Despite having English parents, Rodgers qualifies to play for Ireland due to the fact that he has an Irish grandmother.
His invitation into the Irish squad follows Under-21 coach Don Givens courting the talents of Rodgers during Carlisle's recent visit to Shrewsbury.
Rodgers spoke to the official Shrewsbury Town website, and described how his call up came about.
"I had a phone call telling me to give Don Givens a call, I've spoken to him and he's asked me to go and meet him. I've done this and agreed to join up with the Irish lads," Rodgers said.
"I've sent all my papers through and they should hopefully all go through in time, and then I'll be in the squad for the trips to Georgia and Albania.
"Its all come about a bit quickly and has been a bit of a shock to me to be honest. It will be a great experience for me as I'll be playing with the best players in my age group, and it'll be a great challenge to see what I can do and hopefully score some goals at international level.
"Everyone knows I'm English, but Ireland are the ones who have shown the interest in me, and I'm going to repay that faith and go with them."
Rodgers should join up with the rest of the Under-21 squad for the Group 10 qualifiers away to Georgia on March 28, and a trip to Albania on April 1.
Meanwhile, Stuart Talbot has returned to Rotherham after completing a month's loan at Shrewsbury Town.
The 29-year-old Talbot has made a good impression on Shrews boss Kevin Ratcliffe during his spell at Gay Meadow, where he only finished on the losing side once during his six appearances at the club.
Ratcliffe is eager to bring Talbot back to the club, and remains hopeful to do so after sorting out some differences with Rotherham.
Unfortunately, Talbot won't be back in time for The Shrews` testing home game against Torquay on Saturday.