Shane Long is hoping his performances for West Brom will help him force his way into the Ireland team for the upcoming Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia
Long failed to make an appearance in the decisive group clash with Armenia with Giovanni Trapattoni preferring to partner Simon Cox with Kevin Doyle once Robbie Keane was ruled out.
Despite Keane claiming he would be fit for the crucial clash next month, Long is hopeful of featuring especially with Doyle suspended for the first leg.
“It was disappointing not to play against Armenia but it was the right result,” said Long. “We now have Estonia in the play-offs and hopefully we can get to the Euros and make it a good summer next year. There are a lot of games for West Brom before that so hopefully I can stake my claim in those games.”
He added: “People say I’ve got a great chance to start with Kevin Doyle suspended and Robbie Keane injured.
“Kevin is missing and I would like to think I am a natural replacement for him.
“But I thought I may start the last game as well, and it wasn’t to be, so we will have to see what happens.
“Hopefully I can keep doing what I am doing here at West Brom, keep putting in performances, and the Irish manager will take note.
The manager didn’t say why I didn’t play against Armenia. He just told me I was on the bench and to make sure to be ready if I was needed.”