Derby County striker Conor Sammon is hoping for a starting spot in the Ireland team in replace of Legend Robbie Keane.
The Irish forward who won’t be travelling to America for more friendlies for Ireland because he is getting married, hopes to be in line to impress manager Martin O’Neill at Craven Cottage tonight where they face Italy.
Sammon, 27, will face competition from Shane Long, Jon Walters, Anthony Stokes, Kevin Doyle, Simon Cox and Daryl Murphy.
”It’s a great opportunity for all the strikers here to really go and stake a claim and any opportunity in any of the games that we do get. said Sammon.
Sammon is hoping to reach double figures in caps for his home country against Italy tonight, said it will be a tough match but one that everyone will be relishing to make an impression.
”The hardest thing to do in football is to score goals. We have to be positive, and I definitely think the rest of the boys believe that we are all good enough to go in there and do a job.
Conor Sammon has made 42 appearances for Derby this season but 36 of them were coming off the bench.
”I have not played enough games for my club, maybe, to show the manager any time he has come to watch us, so it’s a great opportunity for me to come here, train this week and try to stake a claim and show the manager what I can do.” he added.
The Italy game will be his only chance to give Martin O’Neill something to think about in the future as he won’t be travelling for the second part of the Ireland tour that takes place in America because he is getting married.
He was asked if he had considered postponing the wedding ”My missus would have a canary!” he smiled.
Republic of Ireland vs Italy – 7.45pm – Craven Cottage.