Matt Doherty: Euro 2016 Republic of Ireland call would cap it all

Matt Doherty admits a Euro 2016 call-up with Ireland is unlikely – but it would undoubtedly cap his 'most successful' Wolves season yet.


Doherty has enjoyed a fine second half of the season, with his form earning him a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad.

And while the 24-year-old wishes Wolves were higher up the table, he's pleased with his contribution, which has seen him pick up two gongs recently.

"I've not really had a full season here, I've played three half-seasons," he said.

"But it's been my most successful, with things that have happened, and assists-wise and goals-wise.

"I got the Irish Wolves player of the year – I'm the only Irish player maybe!

"And the Young Wolves voted for me. I've got trophies at home now sitting on my table, I look at them every day."

Doherty was an unused substitute for Ireland's two recent friendlies. And it's given him a taste for more. "It was a great experience to be on the bench for two games," Doherty added.

"It's a long shot if I did travel (to the Euros), there'd have to be a few injuries.

"But I'll be ready if the call comes, there's no doubt about that.

"I'd rather be in his (Martin O'Neill's) thoughts and not go than not be in his thoughts at all.

"Ask anyone in Ireland who plays at any level what they want to do and they want to play for Ireland."

First and foremost Doherty wants to help Wolves end the season on a high.

He added: "We want to play well, we want to play with confidence, we're not looking to get beat, we have pride.

"Draws are not doing anything for anybody.

"You don't want to get booed off. That's probably why we're better away from home, we seem to play with a bit more confidence."

Top Stories

More from the Express & Star

UK & International News