Ireland-bound Keane catches McCarthy’s eye

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Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was pleased with what he saw after scouting Ipswich loan man Will Keane at the weekend.

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was pleased with what he saw after scouting Ipswich loan man Will Keane at the weekend.

Keane has played at five different age groups for England but, yet to be capped at full international level, he has started the process of switching allegiance to Ireland.

Having come up through the Manchester United youth ranks, the 26-year-old has plied his trade with Hull City since 2016 after enjoying loan spells with the likes of Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End while on the Red Devils’ books.

The Stockport-born ace missed 14 months of action due to a serious knee injury and has hardly featured for the Tigers, moving to Portman Road until the end of the campaign during the January transfer window.

It seems he now wants to try his luck with the men in green internationally and McCarthy was impressed with his strike against Stoke City on Saturday.

‘Will took his goal well at a time when Ipswich really needed it, so his timing was good all round,’ he told the FAI website.

Ipswich boss Paul Lambert was equally as enthusiastic, adding: ‘Do you know what, I think he’s back to his Man United days.

His hold-up play is fantastic.

‘When I first saw Will coming through I thought he was an absolute handful.

When I saw him at Preston on loan I thought he was excellent.

Then he got his injury.’

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