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IP­SWICH Town striker Dar yl Mur­phy ad­mits he was stunned to be called-up by new Repub­lic of Ire­land man­ager Martin O’Neill for next month’ s friendly ag ainst Ser­bia – six years af­ter win­ning his last cap Mur­phy caught O'Neill’ s e ye dur­ing Ip­swich’s goal­less draw at Black­pool last weekend.

Mur­phy, who has won nine caps, said: “Ob­vi­ously, I’m de­lighted. Al­though I haven’t played for Ire­land for six years, I’ve al­ways felt that op­por­tu­nity might come again.

“It was still a bit of a sur­prise to get the call-up but a very nice

one. “I didn’t have an in­kling that I would be in­cluded.

“I fin­ished train­ing and no­ticed there were a f ew missed calls

on my phone and then some­one told me I was in the squad.

“I knew Martin O’Neill was at the game ag ainst Black­pool b ut

I didn’t think any­more about it.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

ON FORM: Ip­swich Town’s Daryl Mur­phy, right, cel­e­brates scor­ing against Read­ing last month with Tommy Smith

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