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Linked with an Ireland call-up, Scott Hogan continues his fine Championship form

The 24-year-old Salford-born striker has yet to officially declare for the Boys in Green.

SCOTT HOGAN, WHO is being heavily linked with an Ireland call-up at the moment, scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the Championship at Ewood Park today.

The Brentford star in the process hit the fastest goal of the season in the league, opening the scoring after just 33 seconds against Blackburn, as he slotted home from Lasse Vibe’s through ball.

Danny Graham scored twice in five minutes to put Rovers ahead, before Hogan registered his second to equalise with another clinical finish from six yards.

Hogan ended up on the losing side, however, as a Harlee Dean own goal on 38 minutes was ultimately enough for the hosts to secure all three points.

The 24-year-old Salford-born striker has yet to officially declare for Ireland, though Dublin-born teammate Alan Judge has suggested the player will ultimately make himself available for international duty.

Speaking on the matter during the week, Ireland boss Martin O’Neill said: “We’ve certainly got the opportunity (to chat) now, coming up to Christmas and slightly after, the agent did say he’d want to have a conversation, so I’ll hopefully have that and we’ll go from there.”

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