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Doherty Keen For More Ireland Caps

Doherty Keen For More Ireland Caps

Wolves defender Matt Doherty appears philosophical about his international career but admits he would like to win more caps. The 27-year-old has made seven appearances for the Republic of Ireland to date after being given his debut against Turkey on March 23 last year.

The Dubliner has started three times and there are sections of the press who feel he should have been given more opportunities over the past few years.

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It seems the versatile full-back is in agreement although he refused to condemn those in charge when asked about his international career. “Well I’ve not played that much, obviously, and I want to play as much as I can,” he told reporters. “I have to bide my time and whenever my time comes to be more of a regular.”

Ireland boss Mick McCarthy opted to start him on the right-wing in the Euro 2020 qualifier away to Gibraltar last time out and although the men in green earned a 2-0 victory, Doherty did not seem comfortable in the position.

He was substituted early in the second half, with the boss admitting that he got it wrong and will not use the former Bury loan man in that spot again.

The Molineux ace now hopes to play at left-back in place of the suspended Enda Stevens in the next qualifier against Georgia on Saturday. “I’m not frustrated or anything like that,” he added. “I’m not annoyed with how it has gone. I will just wait and when I’m called upon, I’ll be ready.”

Doherty has made 263 Wolves appearances in all competitions and featured seven times in the Premier League for Nuno Espirito Santo in 2019-20, scoring once in the 2-0 victory over basement club Watford on September 28.

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