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Staunton still hoping to land Nolan
From rte.ie - Wednesday, 09 August 2006 2:13
Steve Staunton is still hoping that Kevin Nolan will don the green Irish jersey. Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton is hoping to cut through a mountain of red tape in a bid to lure Kevin Nolan into the fold.
Staunton and Bolton captain Nolan have discussed on several occasions the prospect of the midfielder pulling on the green of Ireland.
Staunton is eager to recruit a player of Nolan's calibre, yet there remain obstacles, even though he qualifies to play for the Republic via the grandparents' ruling.
Nolan has previously played for England at under-21 level, albeit in a friendly, and featured in a competitive game for the under-18s.
There is a precedent as Everton's Tim Cahill played for Samoa at youth level, yet now represents Australia after lodging a successful appeal with FIFA.
Staunton is not giving up just yet as he said: 'There's a lot of issues surrounding this one.
'Once we cut through the red tape then we will know where we are, and I cannot say much more than that.'
We, the undersigned, call on you, Kevin Nolan to join the Republic of Ireland squad and to become a legend in Irish football.
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