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Curtis Davies says Roy Keane insult has put him off playing for Ireland

The Hull City defender feels more inclined to play for Sierra Leone

Looks like Curtis Davies won't be playing for Ireland any time soon.
Looks like Curtis Davies won't be playing for Ireland any time soon.
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ANY HOPES OF Hully City defender Curtis Davies lining out for Ireland look dead and buried after the 29-year old reacted to Roy Keane’s recent comments on ITV.

Keane, never one to resist a one-liner, said that Steve Bruce “must have had a beer” after the Hull boss suggested that Davies might be in line for an England call up ahead of the world cup.

When questioned about his Irish ancestry, Davies told the Guardian: “I had a Guinness once.

“I do qualify for [Ireland] but there’s no heritage. My nan was born in Ireland but she’s English; her father was there with the British army.

“Do I really want to sell myself down the Irish route when I’d have an assistant manager who doesn’t rate me and a manager who maybe there’s a bit of ill-feeling with?”

Davies went on to say that he felt a closer affinity to Sierra Leone and that might be a route he’d go down if and England call-up doesn’t materialise.

“I’m striving my heart out to get into the England squad and, after that, Sierra Leone’s my next country. I’ve had contact with Sierra Leone about representing them – my dad was born there – but I’m not sure going to the African Nations in January would go down well with the gaffer.”

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