Wolves striker Kevin Doyle was today backed to stay in the Ireland set-up for good after being recalled to the squad.
The 30-year-old forward was brought back into the fold by interim boss Noel King for tonight’s World Cup qualifier away to Germany and Tuesday’s Group C visit of Kazakhstan after failing to feature in the previous 10 games stretching back 11 months under Giovanni Trapattoni.
Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett believes Doyle, who has 53 caps, will add significantly to his total now he is involved again.
“I’m really pleased for him because I know how much it means to him to get back into the squad,” said Jackett.
“If he gets a chance I think he’ll take it and try to stay in there.”
Doyle has returned to form and looks to have his appetite back this season after the club’s double-dip relegation.
And Jackett believes the 30-year-old has returned to the international ranks at the right time.
“In terms of the last two wins, he’s played a big part,” said the boss.
“He was very good for us last Saturday (3-0 win at Colchester).
“I was pleased he got a goal, and his substitute’s appearance when he came on at half-time against Sheffield United (won 2-0) was quite crucial.”
Jackett believes the striker wants to put something back into the club after the disappointment of the last two years.
“He’s got his head down and worked hard but he’s happy at Wolves and he’s settled here,” he said. “He also feels some responsibility and wants to play a part in getting Wolves back.
“I know that’s the case, and he’s got a very good reputation in the game as a player and a person – no-one has ever said he doesn’t try his best or prepare himself well or isn’t a good team member.”
Despite his Premier League wage and having spent much of his career in the top flight, Doyle has shown he is prepared to knuckle down to life in the third tier and has no airs and graces about playing in League One.
“He’s a very big-name player for League One, but he’s showed a good attitude towards the cause,” said the boss.
“In terms of the speculation on him, it started high but it’s fallen away and has let us settle into our season.
“Finding the right combination was important too; where to play him, who to play him with, what combination of players around him – we had to think of all these things to bring out the best in him.”