IRISH CALL SHOCKS MURPHY
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.”
ON FORM: Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy, right, celebrates scoring against Reading last month with Tommy Smith